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Grafiati
Nov 5th, 2011, 03:47 AM
Hello, all.

I'm planning to buy at least one Australian Open ticket in the coming days. My idea is to shoot for a ticket for the first Friday or, perhaps, the second Monday or Tuesday. Would you suggest one day over all others? Would a grounds pass suffice for both time periods or just for week one? I know that with it being the Australian summer, weekdays vs. weekend days might not make much of a difference. Is this true? I will likely only buy one ticket now since I don't know if I will have the funds to stay in Melbourne all the way through the event. What are my chances of buying a ticket at the regular price in, say one or two months' time? Any additional tips or insight into attending the tournament are MUCH appreciated :).

Also, this is not WTA- related, but: does anyone have experience with the Kooyong exhibition for the men? Any tips for that one?

Finally, if anyone connected to those events or Tennis Australia learns of a chance for me to work or volunteer (even though, at least for the Australian Open, I know that all the hiring has been done... there may be drop-outs and add-ons needed), please get in touch via a PM!

Thanks, everyone!

Sam L
Nov 5th, 2011, 06:48 AM
I'm not sure what you're saying about the Australian summer and differences between week days and weekends.

The weekends sell out quicker if that's what you're asking.

If you only have one day I would suggest the Friday or Saturday (I would get both) and getting centre court tickets.

gc-spurs
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:21 AM
I'm not sure what you're saying about the Australian summer and differences between week days and weekends.

The weekends sell out quicker if that's what you're asking.

If you only have one day I would suggest the Friday or Saturday (I would get both) and getting centre court tickets.

I think that he means weekends and weekdays would be similar because its summer = summer vacation, where weekends are normal days. Doesn't happen like this cause there's still work on weekdays, so that middle weekend is quite raging at the Open.

Sam L
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:23 AM
I think that he means weekends and weekdays would be similar because its summer = summer vacation, where weekends are normal days. Doesn't happen like this cause there's still work on weekdays, so that middle weekend is quite raging at the Open.
Yes I thought so and I agree.

Mikey.
Nov 5th, 2011, 07:55 AM
As long as you make sure you book in advance you can find cheap accommodation in the many youth hostels around Melbourne. I came in 2009 and paid something like $35 AU dollars a day for accommodation in the YHA hostel. Then you can just jump on a tram that takes you basically right down to the tennis. I enjoyed my time there and I would really recommend doing this. Well, that is unless you are able to afford a hotel room. :p

Grafiati
Nov 7th, 2011, 01:09 AM
I just meant that weekdays will be crowded with students off of school, so the attendance levels on weekdays will probably be pretty competitive with weekends.

Any tips on fun courts to go outside the big ones? Food/drink advice? Autograph or other insight?

Keadz
Nov 7th, 2011, 02:49 AM
No advice on Kooyong, but it seems like a nicely run event. Fair way out from all the tourists spot/hotels so might require some better organisation in terms of transport/times etc.

Second week you will want a ticket for RLA or Hisence. Groundpasses are good if you are keen on watching the lower ranked players as well as some doubles matches and juniors. For best value for money, I recommend ground pass for the first 4 days. Get to see a lot of top players on all the show courts, just have to miss out on the top 4 men + Hewitt, Roddick, Tomic maybe Tsonga etc and women you will probably miss Williams sisters, Clijsters, Sharapova, Stosur, Wozniaki maybe Ivanovic and now Kvitova.

Ticket prices shouldnt change too much in the coming months. Hisence arena tickets are pretty much the same for the entire tournament. It is pretty much busy everyday, you won't be able to tell the difference between weekday/weekend unless you make the silly decision of purchasing a ticket at the event in the morning. Lines can get pretty shit, so buy your tickets online beforehand and print it off. Saves a lot of time and standing around in the sun.

Must go to Margeret Court Arena for one match with an Aussie player just to see the fanatics. Make sure you get a good view of what they are doing (people dressed in green and gold), because they get up to some pretty funny stuff. Otherwise just walk around, you can tell which matches have a lot of drama going on. Some of the best matches you see will be on Court 1349 like a 10 minutes walk from everything else.

In terms of other food a drink, prices are pretty ridiculous and the food is pretty shit. I usually catch a tram from the precinct and go to the city for about 30 minutes to get something to eat. The trams will drop you off just outside Flinders Street so you have a choice of as much shitty take away as you need. Tram ride will only take a couple of minutes so the whole trip and back won't take much longer than lining up for food at the Aussie Open, eating it and then spending the next 20 minutes questioning how much money you just wasted on soggy crap.

Best place to get autographs is the outside courts near Hisence Arena which double as practice courts. You will have a lot of competition though :p. They have some set times for autograph signings during the day, so keep on eye out on the notice boards for when that happens.

Kəv.
Nov 7th, 2011, 05:50 AM
I am also wanting to go to Kooyong and AO. :p

Mateo Mathieu
Nov 7th, 2011, 07:23 AM
I just meant that weekdays will be crowded with students off of school, so the attendance levels on weekdays will probably be pretty competitive with weekends.

Any tips on fun courts to go outside the big ones? Food/drink advice? Autograph or other insight?
Summer = school holiday.