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Invisible Fan
Nov 1st, 2011, 02:05 PM
Who is going next year?
I got my ticket last week - a 5 day ground pass.

Danii's Law
Nov 1st, 2011, 02:11 PM
I was going to but I don't want to spend that much and see Federer or Novak demolish some loser on RLA. So I'll just ground pass everyday until there is something worth wile on RLA or Hisense then I'll take my chances on the internet.

Ground pass in the first week is the best thing ever. Great atmosphere, heaps of tennis and you can get a nice tan HAHA.

Invisible Fan
Nov 1st, 2011, 02:37 PM
I was going to but I don't want to spend that much and see Federer or Novak demolish some loser on RLA. So I'll just ground pass everyday until there is something worth wile on RLA or Hisense then I'll take my chances on the internet.

Ground pass in the first week is the best thing ever. Great atmosphere, heaps of tennis and you can get a nice tan HAHA.

I haven't been to Rod Laver Arena since 2004. Your right the matches there the first 4 or 5 days aren usually very one sided. I love watching a mix of players on the outside courts and the other show courts.

xr6turbo
Nov 1st, 2011, 05:02 PM
I'll be there for the first week :)

Rafito.
Nov 1st, 2011, 05:23 PM
I'll be there the first week, got hisense first 4 days and I'll buy tickets for the rest of the week the day before don't want to waste money on crappy Rod Laver matches better to wait and see who's playing.

Steven.
Nov 1st, 2011, 05:42 PM
I was going to, but then I have summer school now :sobbing: Hopefully in 2013 I guess. Might save up for Wimbledon or OG so I can watch multiple sports in 2012 as well but we'll see.

Petkovic
Nov 1st, 2011, 05:55 PM
Also going, 5 day ground pass for the first week. Don't know about the availability of tickets the day before, but might go and see some other matches. I'm very excited, I've heard that the atmosphere is one of the most amazing things ever plus the weather will most likely be nice :)

xr6turbo
Nov 1st, 2011, 06:18 PM
Also going, 5 day ground pass for the first week. Don't know about the availability of tickets the day before, but might go and see some other matches. I'm very excited, I've heard that the atmosphere is one of the most amazing things ever plus the weather will most likely be nice :)
You can normally get tickets for any session in the first week. Might not be the best seats but there is always something available, unless there is an aussie playing a big match. They will usually put them on in the evening though. :)

Petkovic
Nov 1st, 2011, 07:32 PM
You can normally get tickets for any session in the first week. Might not be the best seats but there is always something available, unless there is an aussie playing a big match. They will usually put them on in the evening though. :)

thank you so much!

Keadz
Nov 1st, 2011, 08:04 PM
5 day ground pass every year. Easily the best valued ticket.

Hopefully they dont remove access to MCA with a groundpass when the redevelopment is done.

LuvSerena?MeToo
Nov 1st, 2011, 08:46 PM
I am hoping to be going when i raise the cash. I just like to ask many of the good people from Austraila, is there any chance you could put me up for the week? I am willing to pay but not a lot please

gc-spurs
Nov 1st, 2011, 09:05 PM
5 day ground pass every year. Easily the best valued ticket.

Hopefully they dont remove access to MCA with a groundpass when the redevelopment is done.

Yeah, that would suck!

Got a 4-day Hisense pass cause Hisense was mean fun last year, and then got a couple of grounds passes coming with those AO memberships. Hello summer tan.

tripwires
Nov 2nd, 2011, 04:24 AM
I bought RLA tickets for both Day and Night sessions for the first four days...all just to see Roger Federer, AND to ensure that I get decent seats to see him (I bought my tickets through Keith Prowse).

Is it going to be very hot? I'm from Singapore so I'm more than used to the hot weather but it's more humid here than anything. What's it like in Melbourne during the AO?

Bluish
Nov 2nd, 2011, 04:45 AM
I have tickets for RLA on the second Monday + Tuesday. Wondering if I should also get the first weekend ground pass tickets as well. Is it good value?

The Kaz
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:44 AM
Haven't bought tix yet but I'll prob get Hisense Arena days 1-4 and either Hisense/RLA days 5-8. I can't wait :bounce:

The Kaz
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:45 AM
I bought RLA tickets for both Day and Night sessions for the first four days...all just to see Roger Federer, AND to ensure that I get decent seats to see him (I bought my tickets through Keith Prowse).

Is it going to be very hot? I'm from Singapore so I'm more than used to the hot weather but it's more humid here than anything. What's it like in Melbourne during the AO?

35-40C usually but it is dry heat, if you can handle 27-32C humid heat in Singapore you will have no prob with the Australian heat :cool:

SilverPersian
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:50 AM
I bought RLA tickets for both Day and Night sessions for the first four days...all just to see Roger Federer, AND to ensure that I get decent seats to see him (I bought my tickets through Keith Prowse).

Is it going to be very hot? I'm from Singapore so I'm more than used to the hot weather but it's more humid here than anything. What's it like in Melbourne during the AO?

It was really hot last year. I got such bad tanlines on my arms and legs :sobbing:

I just bought tickets for the night matches of the first four days at Rod Laver. Hopefully that will mean I get to see Sam play; but if not, I'll try and get some other tickets closer to the date. I am so excited for it :bounce:

Yoncé
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:54 AM
IMMA GOING :woohoo: I really want to go to Brisbane too!

Keadz
Nov 2nd, 2011, 06:58 AM
I have tickets for RLA on the second Monday + Tuesday. Wondering if I should also get the first weekend ground pass tickets as well. Is it good value?

If you are interested in seeing lesser known players, absolutely.

The atmosphere on the show courts is far better than RLA as well. I recommend seeing an Aussie play on MCA just for the experience. Other nationalities which draw fun crowds: the Dutch, Swedish, Japanese, Italians, Spanish, French and the crowds from Chile are usually crazy.

tripwires
Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:47 AM
35-40C usually but it is dry heat, if you can handle 27-32C humid heat in Singapore you will have no prob with the Australian heat :cool:

Thanks! I really hate the weather in my country though. I'm in air-conditioning most of the time as I work in an office, and whenever I have to head out during lunch the heat just kills me! I'm gonna stock up on sun block before heading down to Melbourne.

It was really hot last year. I got such bad tanlines on my arms and legs

SUNBLOCK!!! Will it be too hot to cover my shoulders with a very thin scarf? :(

joy division
Nov 2nd, 2011, 07:51 AM
I am hoping to be going when i raise the cash. I just like to ask many of the good people from Austraila, is there any chance you could put me up for the week? I am willing to pay but not a lot please

I`m not living in Australia, so I can`t organize something for you.

Nobody answered you so far, so have a look here http://www.couchsurfing.org/#, it`s a pretty good and free way to stay for some days in any place all over the world.

gc-spurs
Nov 3rd, 2011, 07:01 AM
Thanks! I really hate the weather in my country though. I'm in air-conditioning most of the time as I work in an office, and whenever I have to head out during lunch the heat just kills me! I'm gonna stock up on sun block before heading down to Melbourne.

SUNBLOCK!!! Will it be too hot to cover my shoulders with a very thin scarf? :(

It may or may not be depending on you and the day and your preferences- I know I wouldn't be able to have a scarf on. Regardless, wear sunblock all over! You'll have absolutely no problem with the heat if you're from Singapore, but the burning effects of the sun in Australia are something else, dunno if you've ever experienced ANZ sun. Basically I can hang for a week at the beach in Philippines without sunblock and get a perfect tan, but in AUS/NZ I can get burnt in 1hr of mildly sunny weather (and its even shorter for pastey people!).

mik loves dani
Nov 3rd, 2011, 08:33 AM
OMG can't wait! atmosphere is awesome, the deep holes of the showcourts, you wouldn't know there is another match. Long 3 setters and the late 5 setters at night on MCA is the best by far. Hisense usually has some good matches. 5 day ground pass for me and I will see if I will go hisense on a couple. I love it when Dani plays aswell, she causes drama and long matches, which I love....

mik loves dani
Nov 3rd, 2011, 08:33 AM
and gettin' my tan on bitches

Mashabator
Nov 3rd, 2011, 10:50 AM
going first 4 days :)

Steven.
Nov 3rd, 2011, 11:48 AM
It was really hot last year. I got such bad tanlines on my arms and legs :sobbing:

I just bought tickets for the night matches of the first four days at Rod Laver. Hopefully that will mean I get to see Sam play; but if not, I'll try and get some other tickets closer to the date. I am so excited for it :bounce:

should've went topless :angel:

Also, it doesn't actually reach 35-40 degrees often. I'd say average is around low 30ish.

gc-spurs
Nov 3rd, 2011, 12:13 PM
and gettin' my tan on bitches

Yeaahhhhhh! All day baby!

tennisforadults
Nov 3rd, 2011, 12:35 PM
Thanks! I really hate the weather in my country though. I'm in air-conditioning most of the time as I work in an office, and whenever I have to head out during lunch the heat just kills me! I'm gonna stock up on sun block before heading down to Melbourne.

SUNBLOCK!!! Will it be too hot to cover my shoulders with a very thin scarf? :(

I've lived in Singapore and now resides in Melbourne. It's dry here so you won't sweat or get that sticky feeling. But the Aussie sun feels "hotter" on the skin and causes more UV damage. Always have a hat and plenty of sunscreen/sunblock.

Siderophyre
Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:02 PM
Who is going next year?
I got my ticket last week - a 5 day ground pass.

I've got some RLA and some ground passes. My question - are the ground passes good for the entire day or are there separate day and evening passes??

Sam L
Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:11 PM
I've got some RLA and some ground passes. My question - are the ground passes good for the entire day or are there separate day and evening passes??
It's for the entire day.

tennisvideos
Nov 3rd, 2011, 01:44 PM
I was lucky to get free centre court tix to the QF Day and Night sessions. But I might buy centre court tix for the Monday 4th round matches as well or else buy a ground pass. Really looking forward to it.

Hopefully it's not too hot!
PS: If you want the best (healthy) sun block then you can order it from mercola.com in the good old USA.
It's all natural and no nasty chemicals. I buy it and it is fantastic - works brilliantly and smells like coconut! :bounce:

tripwires
Nov 3rd, 2011, 03:47 PM
It may or may not be depending on you and the day and your preferences- I know I wouldn't be able to have a scarf on. Regardless, wear sunblock all over! You'll have absolutely no problem with the heat if you're from Singapore, but the burning effects of the sun in Australia are something else, dunno if you've ever experienced ANZ sun. Basically I can hang for a week at the beach in Philippines without sunblock and get a perfect tan, but in AUS/NZ I can get burnt in 1hr of mildly sunny weather (and its even shorter for pastey people!).

I was in Melbourne earlier this July and it was winter, obviously, so nope, never experienced Australian sun, at least the summer sort. I imagine it's similar to Europe? Anyway, thanks for the advice - definitely going to stock up on sunblock. I don't even care if I stink of it!

gc-spurs
Nov 3rd, 2011, 10:26 PM
I was in Melbourne earlier this July and it was winter, obviously, so nope, never experienced Australian sun, at least the summer sort. I imagine it's similar to Europe? Anyway, thanks for the advice - definitely going to stock up on sunblock. I don't even care if I stink of it!

Nope. Unlike the rest of the world, Australia has the nasty ozone hole over it. So even if it feels the same as other places in the world, it burns you a lot faster and a lot worse.

SilverPersian
Nov 4th, 2011, 03:52 AM
should've went topless :angel:

Yeah, I've got way too much body hair to walk around topless. It would scare most of Rod Laver Arena away.

And what do you want me to do about the tanlines on my legs?! :eek:

Kooyong
Nov 4th, 2011, 05:59 AM
Also going, 5 day ground pass for the first week. Don't know about the availability of tickets the day before, but might go and see some other matches. I'm very excited, I've heard that the atmosphere is one of the most amazing things ever plus the weather will most likely be nice :)

If it is your first visit may I suggest that you wear a good pair of sunnies and suncream because I have found even when the temperature is only in the mid-20s by 2-3 in the arvo you will struggle with the glear off the courts.

Another thing I enjoy doing is when I arrive in the morning is to take a walk around the outside courts for there is usually some big name having a good practice hit.

Take a good water bottle and yes there are outside taps for re-filling

SilverPersian
Nov 4th, 2011, 06:19 AM
Nope. Unlike the rest of the world, Australia has the nasty ozone hole over it. So even if it feels the same as other places in the world, it burns you a lot faster and a lot worse.

Yeah, I was in Turkey in the summer a couple of years ago, and the temperature was in the high thirties, but the sun didn't seem to "burn" as much as it does in Australia. They had such nice weather there.

tripwires
Nov 4th, 2011, 07:39 AM
Thanks for all the info! I definitely have no interest in getting sunburned so I'm gonna avoid that as much as possible. :)

Will I need to queue to get into RLA for both the morning and night sessions? Just wondering how early I'd need to be there or if I can walk around Melbourne and have a nice cup of coffee (Melbourne's coffee, in my experience, is second only to Paris) before heading down to watch the tennis/Federer.

Keadz
Nov 4th, 2011, 08:03 AM
Lines can get pretty long, but you can also buy your ticket online and print them off to make life a lot easier. Night session tickets I recommend booking the day before, just incase. When I found out about the Henin vs Dementieva match I booked them the night before and was in the last row.

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=AO&VIEW=AO&gclid=CO2-p92znKwCFYUfpAodXkPf2g#.TrONGmtCiEQ

In saying that, you can buy your day tickets and wander off to the city, I ususally go to the city to get lunch because the prices at the Open are fairly ridiculous. The tram ride won't take any longer than 5 minutes. You should be able to buy a day session for Rod Laver in the morning though.

Dominika23
Nov 5th, 2011, 05:06 AM
Never been to tennis event I thinking about going to AO this year question With Ground Pass ticket do you still get a good view of the players and can get autograph of your faves players ?

Rafito.
Nov 5th, 2011, 05:17 AM
Never been to tennis event I thinking about going to AO this year question With Ground Pass ticket do you still get a good view of the players and can get autograph of your faves players ?

Yes you can get front row seats with a ground pass you just have to get there early plus all seats with the ground pass are good seats as the stadiums ain't so big. However, if an Australian player is on one of the outside courts then I'd suggest getting there even earlier to actually get a seat I remember it being full to the max when Bernard Tomic plays on MCA.

gc-spurs
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:03 AM
Never been to tennis event I thinking about going to AO this year question With Ground Pass ticket do you still get a good view of the players and can get autograph of your faves players ?

You can definitely get a good view of the matches (see post above). Also the practice courts are really accessible and you can get really close to the players then and a lot of them will sign after their practice (much easier to get autographs this way), although for the likes of the really big names, it involves skulking round the practice courts so you're right in front.

Kooyong
Nov 5th, 2011, 08:46 AM
Never been to tennis event I thinking about going to AO this year question With Ground Pass ticket do you still get a good view of the players and can get autograph of your faves players ?

Very easy to get autographs

A little story last year on the Saturday Maria Sharapova was practicing on one court which needed stands to allow a big crowd to have a look yet on the next court at about the same time was Andrea Petrovic (happened to beat Maria next day) hitting away with basically no one watching.

Li Na was also out having a hit with only a few Chinese people watching, she was hitting her Hubby off the court.

tripwires
Nov 5th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Lines can get pretty long, but you can also buy your ticket online and print them off to make life a lot easier. Night session tickets I recommend booking the day before, just incase. When I found out about the Henin vs Dementieva match I booked them the night before and was in the last row.

http://premier.ticketek.com.au/shows/show.aspx?sh=AO&VIEW=AO&gclid=CO2-p92znKwCFYUfpAodXkPf2g#.TrONGmtCiEQ

In saying that, you can buy your day tickets and wander off to the city, I ususally go to the city to get lunch because the prices at the Open are fairly ridiculous. The tram ride won't take any longer than 5 minutes. You should be able to buy a day session for Rod Laver in the morning though.

I've already booked tickets for Day and Night sessions on RLA from Monday to Thursday (first week). I need to ensure that I get a good view of Roger when I see him play. :lol: Do the trams take long to arrive? I was looking at Google maps and it looks like there's only 1 tram that goes to Melbourne Park (70 I think).

Is Melbourne Park within walking distance of the tram stop if I take the free city tram thing that goes around the CBD?

Rafito.
Nov 5th, 2011, 11:28 AM
I've already booked tickets for Day and Night sessions on RLA from Monday to Thursday (first week). I need to ensure that I get a good view of Roger when I see him play. :lol: Do the trams take long to arrive? I was looking at Google maps and it looks like there's only 1 tram that goes to Melbourne Park (70 I think).

Is Melbourne Park within walking distance of the tram stop if I take the free city tram thing that goes around the CBD?

Yeah the 70 Wattle Park tram goes right out the front of Rod Laver (back entrance) and it takes like 5mins from the city.

gc-spurs
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:37 PM
I've already booked tickets for Day and Night sessions on RLA from Monday to Thursday (first week). I need to ensure that I get a good view of Roger when I see him play. :lol: Do the trams take long to arrive? I was looking at Google maps and it looks like there's only 1 tram that goes to Melbourne Park (70 I think).

Is Melbourne Park within walking distance of the tram stop if I take the free city tram thing that goes around the CBD?

Dunno how Melbourne runs when the Open isn't on, but theres a tram to Melbourne park every few minutes during the tournament from the CBD and they pickup/dropoff at the RLA and Hisense entrances. It's fairly easy to go to in from, in fact impressively so from my perspective.

scandic78
Nov 5th, 2011, 12:46 PM
Booked for RLA night session on the Monday 16th Jan and then ground passes for the Tuesday :) Will be tweeting and FB'ing so msg me if you would like to meet!