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The Australian Open 2014

Australian Open

Tennis might not seem like the most outrageous sport around, but when you put a whole bunch of tennis players in the one area, battling it out for first place in the Australian Open, it tends to get pretty extreme. Tensions are rising, crowds are cheering, and everyone is on edge for this fantastic show of athleticism. The Australian Open is a national icon, with people coming from all over the world to little old Melbourne. The city becomes swamped with tennis fever, and everywhere you go someone is talking about one match or another. The Australian Open is coming back to Melbourne for another exhilarating sporting extravaganza, and it’s one Australian event you won’t want to miss!

The Australian Open 2014

Australian OpenFrom 13th until 26th January 2014, the Australian Open will completely takeover Melbourne. Tickets are already on sale for this exciting showcase of exceptional tennis, and the hype is already building. Imagine sitting in the Rod Laver Arena and watching pros like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer battle it out for the champion title.

Prior to the commencement of the Australian Open, there will be final qualifying rounds. The qualifying rounds are held at Melbourne Park from Wednesday 9th January to Saturday 12th January. Entry is free with gates opening at 9:30am each day. Along with these events, there are a fantastic range of other special events that make the Australian Open just that much more diverse and accessible. Don’t miss the kids’ tennis day on Saturday 12th January in the Garden Square. The day will involve a whole host of tennis-related activities and entertainment for the kids.

Australian OpenFrom 23rd to 26th January, the Australian Open Wheelchair Championships will be held, featuring eight of the world’s top male and female players, as well as four of the world’s top quad players. This special event is an inspirational aspect of the Australian Open that reminds everyone just how exciting it can be to be a part of a sport like tennis.

And of course no event would be complete without a few entertainment surprises. Expect big stars like Bluejuice, the Rubens, Julia Stone and Wolfmother to perform at the Australian Open. In Garden Square, you’ll find everything from an autograph stand and fan zone, to magazine booths, where all your favourite tennis players will no doubt be roaming around.

Australian OpenWhen you’re visiting Melbourne, you’ll also want some great Melbourne CBD hotel accommodation. At the end of a long day chasing tennis matches and stalking the tennis stars, you’ll want a relaxing, comfortable place to put your feet up in. The Swanston Hotel offers all this and more, with a restaurant and bar for easy meals, a range of rooms to suit all visitors, and the ideal proximity to all that Melbourne has to offer. Check out The Swanston Hotel website for more information and a few sweet specials too.

The Australian Open is an exciting and outrageous sporting event to be a part of. With the atmosphere positively buzzing through the city, you’ll love the feeling of cheering on your favourites in a crowd full of tennis enthusiasts. Tickets to the major events will sell out quick, so book your tickets, book your hotel, and check out everything the Australian Open has to offer.

Grand Slam Tennis


The game of tennis, takes advantage of being a year round sport by ensuring that there is ample competition all year round. The highest level of which are the four Grand Slam tournaments held around the year. They are considered the most important and prestigious events, indicated by their level of quality, media attention and size of prize money.

The four tournaments in this level of competition are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Each tournament has its individual characteristics making each unique. This allows for a wide level of competition and ensures that certain players are not at an advantage.

Australian Open

The Australian Open is the first Grand Slam of the calendar year. Held in the month of January in Melbourne, Australia, it is one of two Grand Slam tournaments played on hard court surfaces. It is known to be the first tournament to be equipped for play during wet weather or extreme heat with the two main courts – Rod Laver Arena and the Hisense Arena – having retractable roofs. The current holders of the men and women’s singles tournaments are Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka.

French Open

The French Open, also known as Roland Garros, is held in late May and early June in Paris, France. It is the only Grand Slam tournament to be played on clay, therefore making the game slower. Because of this, and the five-set singles matches without tiebreak in the men’s tournament, it is widely considered the most physically demanding tennis tournament in the world today. The current singles champions are Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova.


The third Grand Slam tournament is Wimbledon, held in June and July. Wimbledon is the world’s oldest tennis competition with the first tournament being held in 1877. It is played on grass, the only major tournament to still do so. Held at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in Wimbledon, England, the competition is the most prestigious tennis tournament and is steeped in tradition. A few include the strict dress code for competitors and the eating of strawberries and cream by the spectators. The current singles champions are Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

Tennis - 2009 Wimbledon Championships - Day Nine - The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club







US Open

The US Open is the final Grand Slam of the calendar year. It is held during the months of August and September in New York, USA and the second major tournament to be played on hard court surfaces. The US Open is known to have tiebreakers in every set, including the last – a contrast to the other Grand Slam tournaments. The current holders of the men and women’s titles are Andy Murray and Serena Williams.