A standout event of the Melbourne summer calendar and one of the most globally recognised tennis championships in the sporting arena, the Australian Open (14–27 January 2019) is one not to be missed.
Featuring the best of the global tennis circuit, the first Grand Slam on the calendar is highly anticipated and boasts the biggest names in the game. Besides electrifying courtside action, there are also some incredible experiences for the entire family. With so much more to the Australian Open than world-class tennis, it’s time to get pumped for some unmissable off-court experiences.
For two weeks you can catch all the thrills and spills at Melbourne Park. With a who’s who of the world’s best players scheduled to be on court — including Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and reigning women’s champion Caroline Wozniacki — get ready to unleash your inner tennis fanatic. Dive right into all the action at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Melbourne Arena for a masterclass of sporting prowess.
Not just an event for die-hard tennis aficionados, the Australian Open attracts festival lovers, foodies and families looking for an action-packed day over the two weeks of activities and events.
For a pre-purchased price of $59 for adults and just $5 for kids, the ever-popular Ground Pass is excellent value and gives fans and newbies alike a chance to get up close and personal with the famed Australian Open atmosphere. On top of access to Melbourne Arena and 18 outside courts, Ground Pass holders also get the opportunity to soak up the festive vibes at the Grand Slam Oval and the AO Live Stage where there’ll be performances from some of the biggest names in music.
Over the 15 days of competition, fans can feel the beat with some of the best homegrown and international acts at the AO Live Stage at Birrarung Marr. Sway to the sounds of Dean Lewis, Angus & Julia Stone, Craig David, Bastille and more while they perform front and centre on the AO Live Stage. The stage will also feature a free charity concert for beyondblue on Sunday 13 January – you’re guaranteed to get your dancing shoes on!
Staying true to Melbourne’s foodie reputation, even the sporting event of the year offers a world-class dining experience. The 2019 event sees award-winning and internationally acclaimed restaurants Rockpool Dining Group and Nobu having outposts at the Australian Open, taking five-star dining at the tennis to another level.
The Grand Slam Oval will have an array of casual grazing options, from famed Melbourne institutions, premium restaurants to solid food truck choices. Pick from your faves such as kebab kings Biggie Smalls, modern Mexican maestros Mamasita, Asian fusion Beijing Betty, fish and chippery Hunky Dory and Huxtaburger.
The Australian Open Chef Series is the foodie event to be at, attracting some of the world’s most well-known chefs in a series of personalised culinary showcases. Next year’s line-up boasts Simone Zanoni from Michelin-starred Four Seasons George V in France, Alejandro Saravia of Melbourne’s Pastuso fame, Le Gavroche’s Albert Roux (all the way from London), and Duncan Welgemoed from South Australia’s Africola restaurant.
In a first, a giant water slide and climbing walls will be installed in Melbourne Park in a new kid’s zone that’s three times bigger than previous ones. The AO Ballpark will take over the eastern side of the precinct with free entertainment and, in another first, professional onsite childcare. Children’s tennis courts and playgrounds are also on the cards, with activities and entertainment for the whole family.
There’s also the Kids Tennis Day on January 12 jam-packed with activities like the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots (where kids can have a go at a game on the courts), face painting, waterpark activities and stage shows. The 2019 Kids Tennis Day will also be home to two Arena Spectacular shows, both featuring the world’s top tennis players in exhibition matches and live performances by ARIA award-winning singer, Guy Sebastian.
Australian Open ticket holders can enjoy a free tram shuttle service on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Arena. Download the PTV app to have all the tram departure times at the touch of a button. Tickets Buy your Ground Pass online from just $5 for kids (3-14 years) and $59 for adults.