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Free Entry to Australian Open Qualifying Tournaments

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At Melbourne Park, plus other kids' events

If you love tennis and the whole exhilarating atmosphere of the Australian Open, then you can still be part of it without having to pay for tickets.

During the Australian Open Qualifying Tournaments, from the 8-11 of January, entrance to Melbourne Park is free. This is prior to the main championships and is for the men's and women's singles. These are on the outside courts.

For those who like their tennis stats:

The Men's Singles drawincludes 128 players, including up to nine wildcards. There are 16 spots in the Men's Singles draw available for qualifiers.

The Women's Singles drawincludes 128 players, including up to nine wildcards. There are 16 spots in the Women's Singles draw available for qualifiers.

Here is the match schedule. Click here.

Practice matches to be placed in match like conditions will be played on Margaret Court Arena during Qualifying. Entry to these matches is free. Practice match schedule below.

9 January: 2:00 4:00pm
10 January: 3:00 5:00pm
11 January: 3:00 5:00pm & 5:30 - 7:30pm

There are also a few other free events for tennis fans on the AO what's on the calendar -click here.

While not a free event Kids Tennis Day is on 12 January from 8:30 am- 4: 30 pm and it is a chance to take your kids to the tennis relatively cheaply. Adults tickets are $25, Kids aged 3 14 tickets are $5.

There will be face painting, waterpark activities and stage shows featuring entertainment characters including Peppa Pig, PJ MASKS, Octonauts and more.

There will be live performances by Australian ARIA award-winning singer, Guy Sebastian.

Kids can participate in Tennis Hot Shots, using scaled nets, racquets and low-compression balls, which make playing tennis fun and easy. For tickets, click here.

ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Day is on Thursday 17 January. Up to 7,000 kids will enter the Australian Open 2019 free of charge but assume you would have to buy early to get these. Click here.

Note the Australian Open also offers a paid Kids' Club for children. Prices are here.

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Why? A great school holiday day out
When: 8-11 January
Phone: N/A
Where: Batman Avenue Melbourne
Cost: FREE
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