Freelance writer exploring Melbourne and beyond. If you enjoy the following article click on the Like button, Facebook it to your friends or subscribe. I'll update you with yummy and often free events. Like my photos? I instagram @redbagwilltravel
If you are interested in tennis, and perhaps planning to go to the Australian Open in January, then you just might like to get an insider's perspective on what goes on behind the scenes.
In fact, you can even imagine you are a professional player on tour; walk the walk, talk the talk and even play on the court.
Tennis World offers tours that take you through areas normally exclusive only to Australian Open players. You get to go to the Rod Laver Arena (inside and Superbox), view the Control room, visit the Press Conferences Room and sit on the very chairs the top players sit on when they face the world's press. Perhaps some of that talent will rub off.
You can also do the Walk of Champions which is the walk every player struts to reach centre court. As well as that you can see the Davis Cup Room and even go in the player's change room where all the champions have celebrated their victories.
Plus you get to hear insider stories about these exclusive areas from the tour guides.
Chances are you may bump into a pro tennis player as Melbourne Park is regularly used for training by the nation's best.
If you want to take it to the next level then you can even play on the same courts as the tennis stars. Show-courts are available for court hire for the same price as any other outdoor courts. Check out court hire options.
Tours are scheduled daily and run for approximately one hour but when events or concerts are scheduled in Rod Laver Arena, access inside the Arena may be restricted. But you can always check beforehand for what is scheduled on your intended tour day.