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Australian Tennis Open

Listed under Spectator Sports in Melbourne, Australia.

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Held in January, the Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slams in the tennis calendar. Played on the plexicushion surface at Melbourne Park, Australia has worked hard to make this a premier event both for players and spectators and they are allowed to be pleased with the results.

The two main arenas in the Open, the Rod Laver and Vodafone Arena have retractable roofs, meaning that the tennis is never interrupted by the weather, but due to it being held in the middle of Australian summer it’s notorious for its totally vicious heat.

Attendance of around 62 000 creates a good atmosphere in which to watch some championship tennis, but play is hampered by withdrawl of some big names as they struggle for form or with injuries early in the season. However, being the Asian/Pacific Grand Slam means a high attendance from Asian countries, adding an interesting blend to proceedings and an enthusiastic set of fans who come to support their own stars.

Melbourne is home to a never-ending roster of festivals, good food, great wine and music events. There is also a strong arts scene, meaning that once the tennis is over there’s still plenty left to see.

Written by  John Johnston.

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“The 2008 Australian Open - Men’s Singles Final”

I booked my departure flight from Australia out of Melbourne for the end of January because it seemed like a noteworthy city to visit. It was only after talking to my tennis fiend of a friend (code name - Sup2dresq) before leaving that I learned my trav… Read more...

Written by  David Lee. Continue reading on gobackpacking.com

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