Both the Women's and Men's finals were rivetting matches, guaranteed to keep even the most reluctant fans entertained.
Serena, defeated Maria Sharapova, in a tense, but close two sets.
The Men's contest was won by Novak Djokovich, who defeated Andy Murray in a tough and close four sets.
Both matches involved exciting tie breaks and considerable on court tension evident, as the players battled it out both physically and mentally.
However, there are many more less well recognised champions of the Australian Open.
Every year hundreds of Ball Kids with impeccible ball handling skills work hard behind the scenes to keep the action running smoothly. Older volunteers serve as line judges and still others volunteer as drivers and more, looking after the players.
Last night my great nephew, Jordan Ludbrook, serving his third year as a ball boy, was amongst the flag bearers at the presentation. I was as proud of Jordan, and indeed his many peers working so hard to help the last fortnight run smoothly, as I was of both Novak Djokovitch or, indeed, my current personal favourite player, Serena Williams, the previous day.
Whilst the ball kids are trained, for months in advance, to be as inobtrusive as possible, whilst returning balls to the players and meeting their every need, it is wonderful to catch a glimpse of their work on the coverage, even if their identical uniforms and hats, designed to protect them from the sun rend individuals practically unidentifiable.
Many children try out to serve as ball kids, but of the thousands who attempt to become a ball kid, only around three hundred are selected to serve across the whole tournament which includes the juniors, doubles and past champions rounds.
Hats off also to the parents and tournament organisers for all the support and effort they put into creating such an amazing team of highly skilled young people.
You may catch a glimpse of the ball kids representing all their peers on court via this link.
It is truly wonderful to see so many young champions of agility, speed and ball handling skills, as well as goodwill ambassadors for our wonderful Australian Open Tennis Championships. May many of them continue on to compete successfully on The Rod Laver Arena, Centre Court at Wimbledon and beyond, as champions in their own right, or continue through the system to become esteemed intrnationally accredited chair umpires and more!
Championships are never only achieved by individuals. Every champion is a team member one way or another, backed up by a great team. We owe as much to those ball kids as we do to the palyers for the success of this year's tournament!
Thanks to all involved with the Australian Open for yet another wonderful fortnight of tennis!