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Free Places to Watch Tennis on the Big Screen

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by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (subscribe)
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Melbourne venues are increasingly finding people enjoy being with other people when they are watching major sporting events on a large screen.

Here are two great options for watching the Australian Open.

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Melbourne Central Rooftop Tennis Club

Melbourne Central Rooftop Tennis Club is way up high on level three of Melbourne Central (next to Strike Bowling). Here you can enjoy the sunshine while you watch the live Channel Seven broadcast of the 2014 Australian Open.

While you are watching you can buy food and drink or even have a hit on the size Nike tennis court which is up there. The delicious food includes handmade Ice Pop's, all-natural strawberry and cream frozen treats, vegetarian options at Corn Boss such as corn on the cob with parmesan cheese and paprika, or a Little Champ brioche roll.

The great thing is that you are also on top of the City Loop so you can arrive by train or by tram if you prefer.

All this occurs between 13 26 January from 11am 7:30pm. This is a free event. Melbourne Central is on the corner of Lonsdale & Swanston Streets Melbourne Central.

South Wharf Promenade

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South Wharf Promenade is also offering a comfortable setting for watching the tennis live on the big screen.There is a great grassed in area known fondly as "the green" where you can throw down a picnic rug. There are also tables and chairs. This year there are pop-up kitchens from the Promenade's great restaurants including BangPop (Street Thai), Akachochin (Japanese), Bohemian (Spanish), Meat Market (Australian BBQ) and Common Man (Australian fare).

Some of the bars have cheap drinks such as Gasolina, which on Fridays after work has $4 red and white wines, $4 sangria and $4 beer and $4 pizzas. While the 5 Bar has $10 cocktails every night from 4-7pm.

Again this event is free and runs between the 13th of January and the 26th of January.

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Getting to South Wharf is easy.

Train: Five minutes stroll from Southern Cross Station. Tram: Take the 96, 109 or 112 to the Casino/MCEC stop.

Car: There are 3000 parking spaces behind the DFO South Wharf.

Foot:15 minute walk from Federation Square along the Yarra, or you could arrive in style by Melbourne Water Taxis which offers $12 fares from Southgate. You can also organise pick ups from Williamstown and other points on the Yarra.
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Why? To join others while watching the tennis on a big screen
When: 13th to the 26th of January
Cost: FREE
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