How open are you…

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How open are you…

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This week and next Melbourne is all about the Australian Open. The city is invaded (welcomingly) by thousands of visitors here to take part in the action and activities. In true style we have provided no consistency in weather but have provided a lot of fun opportunities to get involved.

Australian Open

 

Bean, Dino, Spider, CJ and I headed to the courts on Wednesday evening post work on evening ground passes ($20 pre paid or $25 on the day). Most of us had pre paid tickets but we had to grab one from the queues – luckily enough technology was on our side and it was actually quicker to by a ticket from my iPhone than to queue so it worked out well.

 

We headed inside with no clear direction of what we wanted to do. We found some helpful information people and headed up to Margret Court to see the Baghdatis match, now infamous.

Australian Open

 

We arrived at the court at about 6:30 and queued for nearly two hours (yup, you read that right) to get into the court and were finally at the front of the line for the beginning of the match and managed to get five seats together.

We found the hundreds of seagulls swooping the courts entertaining and a little distracting…am told the night before the had been swooping the crowd (kinda sad we missed it – unless they had been swooping moi!).

Australian Open

 

The temperature began to drop quickly as the game heated on the court. We got colder and colder and finally after nearly two hours decided to head home leaving just moments before the smashing of the tennis raquets – something we had all (poor spiritedly) been hoping to see.

Australian Open

There are plenty of drink and food options available but be prepared to pay up and queue – sealed bottles (non alcoholic can be brought in) and I would recommend taking some with you along with sunscreen, warmer items if a night match, sunnies and ┬áhat.

Australian Open

Watching the tennis is great and there is lots of free entertainment and social areas too – perfect to spend some time out even if tennis its your thing! The tennis wraps up next Sunday so still plenty of time to get yourself down to the Australian Open!

 

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