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Dear CCLer's,
I am planning to go to the Aussie Opens next year...I used to live in Sydney...but I have really no experience about what's the best coz I don't usually go to Melbourne. I've already checked the website...but... I don't know if I'm stupid or what, I desperately need help to an awful lot of questions...
1. Is it possible to get tickets when I actually GET to melbourne?
2. How do you guys know what day is Kim playing on?
3. What kind of players do we normally see if we buy a ground pass?
4. Is Kim and Ai playing doubles there?

It'd be really nice if you guys can help
Thanks
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Hi Kim4eva

I have been to the Aussie Open for the past few years so I will try and answer your questions as best as possible.
Ok, if memory serves me correctly, you can buy ground passes at the gate but I'm not 100% sure. If you go to any newsagency that has tickettek you can buy your tickets there even on the day you actually want to go.
i'm not sure what sections of the draw play first so I don't know when Kim will play. We'll just have to wait and see when the schedule of play is released. I think that is usually done on the Sunday but as I said, you can buy your tickets when you know exactly what day she is playing.
With the ground pass, you can go on any court except Rod Laver. (that's all outside courts and Vodafone Arena). Kim usually plays on Vodafone so you will have a good chance of seeing her. The only people you probably wouldn't get to see would be Lleyton, Agassi, Williams sisters and maybe Capriati because they always play on centre court. They do tend to put on quite a few of the top 10 on Vodafone so the public can see them. Only advice I have is if you want to see Kim there, get there early coz you don't have a guranteed seat and the place fills up pretty quick when she is playing
And the last question, as far as I know, Kim and Ai aren't playing doubles next year.
Hope this helps and if you have anymore questions just ask.

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Dear CCLer's,
I am planning to go to the Aussie Opens next year...I used to live in Sydney...but I have really no experience about what's the best coz I don't usually go to Melbourne. I've already checked the website...but... I don't know if I'm stupid or what, I desperately need help to an awful lot of questions...
1. Is it possible to get tickets when I actually GET to melbourne?
2. How do you guys know what day is Kim playing on?
3. What kind of players do we normally see if we buy a ground pass?
4. Is Kim and Ai playing doubles there?

It'd be really nice if you guys can help
Thanks
i go to the Aus Open as well, and Dee9 is right.

You can buy Gound passes at the gate each day. which is all outside courts and Vodafone Arena(kim played on Vodafone mostly last year) but Vodaphone fills up really quickly and it's really hard to get into then. last year i went straight to Vodaphone when i got there at like at 10am, and stayed there until i had seen Kim then had a look at the other courts.
but i think Kim maybe on center court this year because she'll be 1 or 2nd seed! it's easy to get tickets for center court too. just like Dee9 said go to a newsagency of tickettec and ya can get them there. plus lasts year on somedays there were ticket at the gate.

to find out when kim was playing i would just go to website the night before. in the paper they say who is playing each day also.
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Thanks a lot Dee9 and Micky!
I know a lot more now!!
Just out of interest, how does the autograph island thingy work? Do we just line up and get to meet the players?
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Is Autograph Island in the Fanfest pavillion?
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again!
The autograph island thing is at the fanfest pavillion but I would suggest seeing who was there in the morning (they usually have it up as soon as the gates open) so then you can go and line-up early. One year i went to see Kim and i got there half an hour early and I just managed to get her autograph coz they only let a certain number of people line up to get it. Even then though, you are guranteed to get it. This isn't the same for all players though, just the really popular ones.
If it is autographs you want though, I would suggest waking around the practice courts early in the morning, there are usually quite a few players out and many do sign autographs. Also, if you want Kim's, go and get to the court where she is playing early. When i saw her, she came out and practiced before play started and literally signed autographs for about 20 minutes.
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again!
The autograph island thing is at the fanfest pavillion but I would suggest seeing who was there in the morning (they usually have it up as soon as the gates open) so then you can go and line-up early. One year i went to see Kim and i got there half an hour early and I just managed to get her autograph coz they only let a certain number of people line up to get it. Even then though, you are guranteed to get it. This isn't the same for all players though, just the really popular ones.
If it is autographs you want though, I would suggest waking around the practice courts early in the morning, there are usually quite a few players out and many do sign autographs. Also, if you want Kim's, go and get to the court where she is playing early. When i saw her, she came out and practiced before play started and literally signed autographs for about 20 minutes.
Hi Dee9!
Thanks so much for all the information So, is it like the day Kim plays, she'll be at the autograph island? And does she practise at the court she's gonna play at, or another practise court? I'm sorry I'm keep on asking questions but I really want to know.
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Hi Dee9!
Thanks so much for all the information So, is it like the day Kim plays, she'll be at the autograph island? And does she practise at the court she's gonna play at, or another practise court? I'm sorry I'm keep on asking questions but I really want to know.
last year i saw Kim on Day 2 and 4 (i think) for both days she was on Vodafone Arena. i got there really early and both days she came out and practiced on the court. as well as streching and skipping with a skipping rope. there were a few players who came out to practice. Kim was like friends with all of them - she went up to like all of them and was talking to them and their coach's.
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last year i saw Kim on Day 2 and 4 (i think) for both days she was on Vodafone Arena. i got there really early and both days she came out and practiced on the court. as well as streching and skipping with a skipping rope. there were a few players who came out to practice. Kim was like friends with all of them - she went up to like all of them and was talking to them and their coach's.
Thanks What a lovely experience you've had!
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