For me, the Australian Open is the most enjoyable Slam by a long way.
Perhaps it's because we come out of the Arctic winter each year - especially this year - and are greeted by gorgeous sunshine: it certainly doesn't do any harm.
But it's the character of the place too. It affects the players, it affects everybody who's around it and even in the build-up to the tournament, it doesn't feel like a Slam.
It's all so relaxed - the players haven't seen each other for a while as they've had the off-season and gone to very different tournaments to warm up. So they're all seeing each other again for the first time in a couple of months.
And there's a freshness and a newness about it that's almost touchable. I think the organisers do a very good job in keeping that feeling: there's a lot of space for everyone to roam around.
The media and the players get on better at the Australian Open than at any other time during the year because again there are fresh faces and the players haven't been weighed down by the same questions for months at a time. It's just the perfect tournament to kick off the year.
Melbourne's a very compact city as well, which helps. From the media's point of view we can walk just 10 minutes across Melbourne Park, past the MCG, and we're there. It's the same for the players - everything is within touching distance. The restaurant area, the bars, everything is accessible.
It's beautifully set up, but there are one or two problems obviously. The security can be a little slow in dealing with the Serbs and the Croats and various others who take their rivalry a little too far sometimes.
Sometimes the night matches go on too long and there is a little mismanagement of the night session; but I can understand that. To a certain extent that is television driven, although I don't know what kind of viewing figures Channel Nine has at two or three in the morning. But that's the way they want it - a lot of people have pleaded with them to change it, but we're stuck with it how it is.
But having said that, the night sessions invariably produce the most intoxicating matches, more so there than anywhere else. The night matches at the Australian Open are always something special.
There is also a lot of other entertainment going on: the Heineken Area where they have a live band every night around 6.00 or 6.30pm; behind that there's a whole new area for kids; then there's another restaurant area, a bar area and another music stand. So there are two bands every night between the day session and the night session.
The Australian Open also has a much younger feel than the others - which is something I love about it. At every other Slam the crowd is almost middle-aged, but the profile of the audience at the Australian Open is totally different.
Primarily, it's full of youngsters. A lot of them will sit in the garden square, buy a few beers and watch the tennis. Some of the time they don't even watch the tennis. They are there because it's a good place to go and it's very reasonably priced.
There's so much to recommend it and there's so much to do- it is quite extraordinary.