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Iconic Sounds, Looks and Habits of the Australian Open

The Australian Open tickets are officially selling online. To get you ready for the glorious summer of tennis that awaits in Melbourne, here is a reminder of all the wonderfully outrageous things your favourite tennis stars do. In just few months, you could be witnessing their iconic sounds, looks and habits for yourself up close and personal. 

Nadal picking his wedgie

There is no Australian Open without mention of Nadal’s habitual tugging of his wedgie. It would make the perfect drinking game if it didn’t run the risk of literally everyone in the room fainting and vomiting from alcohol poisoning before waking up in hospital the next morning. Maybe his booty is too big or he needs to invest in a new pair of underwear, but Nadal, without fail, will pick at his butt after almost every point. Nadal himself has explained that the problem is his bottom. “A little bigger than usual,” he told reporters. 

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The Spaniard is also renowned for his compulsive habits from the precise positioning of his drink bottles, the towel face wipe followed by a tucking of his sweaty hair behind each ear routine.

Sharapova’s grunt

Call it a grunt or a wail or a dying sea lion but the noise that comes out of Sharapova’s voice box has become a staple sound of the game. Yes, we all cringe a little every time those screechy tones emanate across the court, but we secretly we love how it matches the intensity of her game. Mostly, we marvel at how tennis is more than just a sport; it’s a game. And often a shout across the court is more than just a grunt of tiredness; it’s a war cry to the opponent that stands on the other side of that net.

sharapova-gruntDjokovic’s ball bouncing

Besides his piercing eyes that stare into your soul, his cheesy ‘Djokes” and his incredible flexibility, Djokovic’s best known habit is his tendency to bounce the ball INCESSANTLY, ENDLESSLY, REPEATEDLY, NEVERENDINGLY before he takes the serve. Sometimes, he takes so long it’s a wonder his opponent doesn’t fall asleep, hypnotised by the bouncing tennis ball. It’s not unusual for frustrated players to complain to the umpire about Djokovic’s habit that at times has his bouncing the tennis ball 25 times in a row.

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Serena Williams’ nail polish

Often dubbed one of the main fashionistas of the Australian Open, Serena Williams perfectly manicured nails are almost as famous as her explosive tennis skills. Somehow, Serena manages to navigate a tennis racquet and win grand slams with her super long designer nails. Every tournament, her manicured designs are different and every time, they are fabulous.

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“Marcos Baghdatis” chant

Maybe it’s just me (it’s probably just me), but ever since 2006 when he somewhat miraculously made it to the Australian Open final, Marcos Baghdatis has been a remarkable player to watch. Mostly, it’s because the moment he enters, the stadium erupts into a never-ending stream of chants and songs, brought by his loyal and passionate fan base. Whether he wins or loses, his games at the Australian Open always promise to be one of the loudest.

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The Australian Open is more than a sporting tournament; it is an experience full of fun, laughter, excitement and cringe-worthy moments. With all the top (and sometimes neurotic) tennis stars making their way to Melbourne soon, it’s an event you do not want to miss. Start booking!

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Excitement Builds for Australian Open 2014

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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. 
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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 3200mof 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.