One of the most exciting and eminent events on the sporting calendar in Australia is back with a vengeance in January. With higher levels of doting than a Taylor Swift concert, more grunts than a gorilla park and greater controversy than a DRS cricket scandal, it can only be one thing…the beloved Australian Open. The 2014 tournament is being held in Melbourne from 13-26th January.
The Asia Pacific Grand Slam is one of the most important tennis tournaments of the year because it sets the tone for the tennis players as they begin a fresh year
of competition. The 2014 tournament is of particular significance because it marks the return of Andy Murray following months of injury and it heralds the 10th anniversary of Roger Federer’s first Australian Open victory, an act which the tennis legend is adamant on repeating.
The Australian Open provides Australians with the important advantage of playing on their own home turf and being cheered on by an explosive home crowd. Our Aussie tennis players are ready for a fierce few weeks of competition against the best players in the world. The top seeded Aussies, Bernard Tomic and Samantha Stosur are ready to don their green and gold and make the country proud after an intense period of preparation leading up to the tournament. Former number one, Lleyton Hewitt is reportedly back to his peak fitness and is feeling better than he has in years. Wildcards, Casey Dellacqua and newcomer 19-year-old Jordan Thompson will bring fresh blood and vigour to an all-star lineup.
99 of the top 100 players in both the men and women’s open competition will be pitting racquet against racquet in what is set to be one of the most entertaining competitions in years. With appearances from returning victors, Novak Djokovic and Victoria Azarenka, as well as current world number one’s Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams, you want to strap yourself in for two weeks of thrilling, world class tennis.
The stakes are even higher this year with an increase of $3 million in prize winnings to a massive $33 million. CEO of Tennis Australia, Craig Tiley reports, “these incredible athletes deserve every cent and we will continue to do everything in our power to make the life of an international professional tennis player more worthwhile”.
On top of the prize money increase, the Australian Open 2014 will also see a heavily improved sporting complex following the Victorian Government’s $336 million redevelopment project of Margaret Court Arena (MCA). The MCA now has a large new roof providing over 3200m2 of shade to seated areas. There are also extra bridges for increased ease of access and more locker rooms, gyms, and rest facilities for players.
Rather than stagnantly watching the tennis by yourself from behind the divide of the television screen, you want to ensure you are part of the action for this incredible tournament. The priceless atmosphere of the Australian Open is a once-in-a-year opportunity and it is the perfect time to make a trip to Melbourne. With the unprecedented skill level present at the tournament and so much competition fervour from players looking to make a comeback or preserve their title, you’ll be kicking yourself if you’re not in Melbourne in January 2014.
Make the trip easier by staying at a Melbourne CBD hotel simply around the corner from the arena. Ticket prices are already on the rise due to such high demand, and both flights and Melbourne hotel prices will only follow suit. Book now to avoid increased prices, or missing out altogether. Check out the Australian Open and Australian Open Series Ticket Guide for all the information on how to get tickets and to make your stay in Melbourne much smoother and easier. Visit Ticketek to secure yourself tickets to to the exhilarating tournament now. For convenient and comfortable accommodation, book yourself a room at Urban Hotel Melbourne before they all sell out.