Even if you're not a tennis fan, you won't want to miss Melbourne's Summer of Tennis.
Starting with Kooyong Classics from 13th - 16th January, head to Kooyong Tennis Club and watch the premier lead up event for the Grand Slam of the Asia/Pacific, the Australian Open. Eight of the world's top male players participate in a promotion / relegation format playing three matches over four days to determine the standings from first to eighth place.
Then the Grand Slam event that starts the tennis year, the Australian Open. Watch top ranked international champion players like Federer, Nadal and Williams, as well as newcomers into the tournament, battle it out for a prize winning of AUD2.5 million and a Gland Slam title.
Running from 19th January - 1st February, ground passes to Melbourne Park for the first week start from $40 (day 1), while entrance to Margaret Court Arena start from $62 (single session day 1), and to Rod Laver Arena from $77 (single session, day 1). Tickets can be purchased through Ticketek Australia, with single session and packages available. If you can't get the ticket you want, you can wait until the day before or the day of the match when some pre-allocated tickets are returned and resold to people in queue on a first serve basis.
If $400 for entry into the men's finals is out of your budget, but you still want to be where all the action is, buy a $30 ground pass for Sunday 1st February and watch the live telecast of the finals within Melbourne Park. You will not only see the game on the big screen, but be entertained by musicians, and be a part of the lively atmosphere of cheering crowds. Food and drinks are available for purchase. Take a picnic blanket, and get in early to secure a good spot with friends.
Alternatively, for an even cheaper option, head to Federation Square to watch the live coverage of every match played in Rod Laver Arena, on the big screen, for free! Various bars around Melbourne will also play selected matches.
Don't miss this iconic Melbourne sporting event. See you at Melbourne Park!