The Australian open is a major annual tennis event held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne Australia. The first of the four Grand Slam tournaments held throughout the year. The biggest names in tennis compete on the hardcourt surface, attracting large numbers of spectators from around the world. It is a particularly challenging competition given it is held in the heat of the Australian summer. Since becoming a professional championship in 1969 Serbian born Novak Djokovic has won the most Men’s titles, winning 6 times and likewise the USA’s Serena Williams has six wins among the ladies. Total prize money amounts to 40m Australian Dollars.
Nearest airport for the Australian Tennis Open is Melbourne Airport, which is approximately half an hour away from the city by the Airport Skybus Service or taxi. Getting to Melbourne Park itself is then easiest via public transport, or check for details on the Tennis Open shuttle buses. Ticket prices for the tennis vary, depending on which day and court you wish to attend. These range from around 50 Australian Dollars to 400 Australian Dollars for finals day. You can also soak up the atmosphere with ground passes for $40 ($5 for children) or tickets for multiple days are considerably higher.
It is recommended to book in advance, although last minute evening tickets may be available dependant on ticket sales. While the finals are the main highlights, booking the cheaper grounds passes will give you access to the smaller courts where you may see an upset or future champion. Keep an eye out for the draw and plan which games you wish to attend. If you’re looking to make the day even more special look into the hospitality packages, or there are season passes available if attending several days. Remember this is outdoors, so be prepared for the heat of the Australian Summer.
Choose from a wide range of private rentals, houses and apartments near to Melbourne Park. Wherever you plan to stay in the city, purchase a Myki card and travel easily on the city’s public transport to reach the Australian Tennis Open.
When in the city for the tennis continue your sporting holiday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Take in the views from the Eureka Skydeck or relax in the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens. See the animals at Melbourne Zoo or visit all the major attractions via a ride on the popular City Circle Tram.
For more information including: Australian Tennis Open news, tickets and travel packages, hospitality, membership, event guide, maps, jobs and working at the Australian Tennis Open, shopping for merchandise and details on previous games visit the official website.
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