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2015 Australian Open Holidays & Event Guide • Sportsnet

2015 Australian Open Event Guide & Holidays

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From $399 AUD per person
Date 19 Jan, 2015 01 Feb, 2015
 
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Sportsnet Holidays is an Official Travel Agent of Australian Open 2015If you’re interested in experiencing the 2015 edition of Australia’s most loved sporting event, the Australian Open then look no further! See some stunning tennis and be a part of the buzzing atmosphere of the 2015 Australian Open with a 2015 Australian Open holiday from Sportsnet Holidays – an Official Tour Operator of the 2015 Australian Open! Holidays from $399* include official 2015 Australian Open tickets; Melbourne accommodation; Game, Set, Match Lounge Entry and much more!

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CONTENTS:

 

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN OVERVIEW

Dates January 19 – February 1, 2015
Location Melbourne Park
Address Olympic Blvd, Melbourne VIC 3001 – view on Google Maps
Category Tennis
Event entertainment To be announced
Event Official Website  www.ausopen.com 
Founded 1905
Location Melbourne Park, Victoria
Playing Surface Rebound Ace
Prize Money AUD$33,0000,000 in 2014
Current Men’s Singles Champion Stanislas Wawrinka
Most Men’s Singles Titles Roy Emerson – 6
Current Women’s Singles Champion Li Na
Most Women’s Singles titles Margaret Court – 11
Number of holidays available 6
Min number of nights accommodation
2
Max number of nights accommodation  5
Holiday starting price range $399* – $2931*

 

AUSTRALIAN OPEN HOLIDAY REVIEWS

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Featured Review

Hi Casey,
Just thought I would drop you a line to say thank you for all your efforts in making our trip so fantastic! We loved all our seats and the hotel was in a very convenient location which enabled us to walk each day to the venue and of course fantastic tennis to watch! And yes – I got to see Roger Federer play so was very happy! We will definitely be returning next year!
Many thanks,

Rachael Dickerson, Auckland NZ

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2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN FACTS 

Australian Open trophies

Australian Open trophies

History time! The inaugural Australian Open was first played in 1905 at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground, and was a men’s only event called the Australasian Championships. At this stage it wasn’t designated as one of the majors and only reached this status in 1924. The competition became known as the Australian Championships in 1927 and then finally the Australian Open in 1969. The tournament was held in numerous cities around the Australia and New Zealand before is permanently settled in Melbourne in 1972, first at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club and then at the purpose-built Flinders Park in 1988, now known as Melbourne Park, where it remains today.

The first and the best! The Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slam® tennis events to to be held each year, the other tree being the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

How the Open affects player rankings? Players win twice as many points for a win in a Grand Slam® match like the Australian Open as they do for winning a match at the next level – ATP Tennis Masters Series and WTA Tour Tier Premier tournaments.

It was on the line! Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, Margaret Court Arena and Show Courts 2 and 3 will utilise Hawk-Eye technology to conduct electronic reviews of disputed line calls. The Australian Open adopts the ‘three-plus-one’ electronic review system. Players will receive three incorrect challenges during each set and a fourth challenge if a set goes to a tiebreaker.

Blue is the best! The vibrant Plexicushion surface enhances ball visibility. Trademarked as ‘Australian Open True Blue’, the courts are two-toned, allowing for greater contrast and improved depth perception.

4000 balls; one tournament! Wilson supplies more than 4000 dozen tennis balls for use during the tournament. Six new balls are used for the five-minute warm-up and the first seven games and six new balls are provided every nine games there after. Used balls are sold on site.

A bit about where the action happens! Rod Laver Arena is a multi-purpose stadium seating 15,000 spectators. Hisense Arena seats 10,000 in tennis mode and Margaret Court Arena seats 6,000, while Show Court 2 and Show Court 3 each seat 3,000 people.

More journos than players! There are more than 1700 national and international accredited journalists, broadcasters and photographers at the Australian Open.

 

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN DRAW

Garden Square

Garden Square

How is the draw created? Computer rankings are used as a basis for the seeding of 32 players in the Australian Open singles championships. The first and second seeds are placed at the top and bottom of the draw respectively. All remaining seeds are then randomly drawn and placed in designated positions in the in the draw, followed by the remainder of the field, which is randomly drawn from top to bottom of the draw by IBM computer technology.
When is the draw created? The draw for the singles, doubles, juniors and wheelchair competitions is held 1-2 weeks before the opening day of the Tournament and is likely to feature special guests and 2014 champions, Stanislas (aka ‘the Stanimal’) Warwinka, and Australian Open crowd favourite, Li Na.

128 of the world’s finest! For both the Men’s and Women’s Singles Championship there are 128 entrants (104 direct entries based on rankings, 16 qualifiers and eight wildcards). As for the doubles, there are 64 pairs of male and females players competing for the Men’s Doubles Championship and Women’s Doubled Championship respectively. Lastly, there are 32 pairs of men and women entrants for the Mixed Doubles title.

Sessions

Date Day Session Twilight Session Night Session
Monday, 19 January 10am 5pm
Tuesday, 20 January 10am 5pm
Wednesday, 21 January 10am 5pm
Thursday, 22 January 10am 5pm
Friday, 23 January 10am 5pm
Saturday, 24 January 10am 5pm
Sunday, 25 January 10am 5pm
Monday, 26 January 10am 5pm
Tuesday, 27 January 10am 5pm
Wednesday, 28 January 10am 5pm
Thursday, 29 January 10am 5pm
Friday, 30 January 2pm
Saturday, 31 January 12pm
Sunday, 1 February 3pm

 

THE ‘NITTY GRITTY’ OF THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Aussie tennis fans outside Rod Laver Arena

Aussie tennis fans outside Rod Laver Arena

Toilets - There are a number of toilet facilities available around the precinct.These are marked on this map of Melbourne Park.

Baby change facilities - Baby change facilities are available within the male and female toilets, which are located within on the western and eastern sides of Rod Laver Arena near doors 5, 6 and 16.

Cloakroom - A cloaking service is provided free of charge outside the venue in the Rod Laver Arena Forecourt. Once inside the venue, cloaking may also be found at the Information Desks within Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena concourses.

ATM’s / EFTPOS - ATMs are located around the site, including within Rod Laver and Hisense Arena concourses. EFTPOS will be available at all official Australian Open merchandise shops and key retail and food outlets.

First Aid - There are several first aid stations available around the Melbourne Park precinct. These are marked on this map of Melbourne Park.

Lost & Found - Lost and found is located at the Information Desk on the Rod Laver Arena concourse level.

Lost children - Go to the Information Desk at Rod Laver Arena (near door 20) or at the Information Desk at Hisense Arena (Olympic Boulevard foyer).

Pass outs - To gain re-entry after leaving and returning to the venue during a session, patrons must ensure they scan their ticket out at the exits.

Prams & strollers - Prams and strollers are not permitted in seating areas. Outside cloaking facilities can be utilised free of charge. There is also limited storage at the Hisense Arena Information Desk for the cloaking of prams while Hisense Arena remains open.

 

GETTING TO THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Rod Laver Arena at dusk

Rod Laver Arena at dusk

Taxis - A taxi rank is located on the north side of Olympic Boulevard, adjacent to Grand Slam® Oval.

Pick up / drop off points for people with a disability or special needs - A pick up and drop off zone is located on Olympic Boulevard out the front of Hisense Arena. Please note there is an access lift located at the front forecourt entrance of Rod Laver Arena, which provides access to the concourse level.

Parking - Public parking is located (subject to availability) at Yarra Park via Gate 3 for day and night sessions and Gate 5 for day sessions only. Gate 7 is for pre-purchased corporate and staff parking only. Parking is also available in and around Melbourne CBD.

Trams - All Australian Open ticket-holders are able to enjoy a free tram shuttle service operating on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. The service operates until one hour after the end of play.

Trains - Richmond, Flinders Street and Jolimont stations are within easy walking distance to Melbourne Park. Access to the venue from Flinders Street is via the signed pedestrian route through Federation Square and Birrarung Marr, along the Yarra River. Please note: the last train services depart Finders Street Station from approximately 12:00 midnight during the week and approximately 1:00 am on Saturday and Sunday mornings. For train, tram or bus details call Public Transport Victoria on 1800 800 007 or www.ptv.vic.gov.au

 


THINGS TO DO AT THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

A performer on the Heineken Stage

A performer on the Heineken Stage

Lose yourself in the buzzing atmosphere of Grand Slam® Oval, the Australian Open’s Entertainment Precinct! With tennis action live on the big screen, a great mix of bars and an awesome line up live Australian bands & DJ;s, Grand Slam® Oval is THE place to be!

Heineken Live Stage - A host of Australian’s hottest live bands and artists, from established names to up and comers, take to the Heineken Live Stage each day and evening. The feature bands play from 6pm – 7pm every day, what better way to spend a balmy summer’s night under the stars!

Garden Square & Court 4 - Head down to the family zone at Garden Square where kids can experience the joy of tennis first hand. There are plenty of exciting activities for the whole family, including MLC Tennis Hot Shots, MLC Autograph Island & all the tennis action live on the big screen - the perfect place to lay down a picnic rug, relax and enjoy!

Activities on Grand Slam® Oval in 2014 included Kia Kube • Rolex Clock • ANZ Advantage Arena • Lacoste Clubhouse • MLC Fan Zone • Wilson • Natural Confectionary Company • Mount Franklin Waterfall Dome • Cancer Council Marquee • Medibank • #GenBetter Marquee • Coca Cola Frozen Zone • IBM Return Serve • Hisense Speed Serve • Tennis Insights • AO Membership • Face Painting • Cardio Tennis • Nova FM

Activities in Garden Square & Court 4 in 2014 included • 3AW •ABC • Kia Greatest Fan Zone & Face Painting • MLC Tennis Hot Shots • Australian Tennis Magazine • Wilson Stringers Hut • MLC Tennis Hot Shots Mini Court • MLC Autograph Island

 

A FEW THINGS TO REMEMBER AT THE 2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN

A ball-boy brings a towel to a player

A ball-boy brings a towel to a player

Lost ticket procedure - Uh oh… in your excitement to catch your flight to Melbourne, you’ve left your tickets on the kitchen table! The friendly team at Sportsnet are available 7 days a week to help you out! Give us a call on: Office: 1300 888 858 or After Hours: 0435 653 127. We will organise to get these tickets reprinted for you. The actual reprinting of the ticket will only happen on the particular day of the session only & tickets can only be collected on this day. Thicket collection is from the Accreditation & Tickets Collection office located in front of Rod Laver Arena, off Batman Avenue. This is marked on your Grounds Map. Tickets will be held under the name of the guest and photo id will need to be presented to obtain tickets.

Lost property - If you have lost items during your time at the Australian Open, please call +61 3 9286 1600

Australian Open Information line: +61 3 9914 4677 - If you are at Melbourne Park, roaming information staff are on site daily to help patrons with any questions. Information booths are located at the City Entrance, Rod Laver Arena forecourt, Rod Laver Arena eastern concourse and at Federation Square.

Extreme heat policy - The Australian Open Extreme Heat Policy (EHP) will be applied at theReferee’s discretion and may be altered at any time. At the Referee’s discretion, when the Wet Bulb Globe Temperature only (WBGT) is equal to or above the pre-determined threshold, the Referee may suspend the commencement of any further matches on outside courts. Any matches currently in progress will continue until the end of the current set. At the completion of the set, play will be suspended. Where play in any match commences outdoors (or with a roof open) at the Referee’s Discretion, the match will continue until the completion of the set. At the end of the set, a decision may be made by the Referee to close the roof for the remainder of the match and the following matches, when the EHP is still in effect. The roof will only be closed because of extreme heat if a decision has been made by the Referee to suspend the completion or commencement of matches on the outdoor courts.

Roof Policy - In the event of rain falling prior to the scheduled starting time of play, Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena roofs may be closed. If play commences with a roof closed, for whatever reason, then the roof will remain closed for the remainder of the match and, if further rain is forecast, normally for the entire session. When play commences with a roof open, a decision to close the roof will only be made after play has stopped because of rain and then only if the forecast is for continuing rain. A roof will not normally be closed because of the threat of rain. The decision to close the roofs rests solely with the Referee. When fully open, the Rod Laver Arena roof takes approximately 25 minutes to close depending on wind, and the Hisense Arena roof takes approximately 10 – 15 minutes to close.

Slip Slop Slap! No matter how much you like the sun, remember to be “sun smart” – slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat! The hole in the ozone can feel like it is right above you during the Melbourne summer. The harsh UV levels account for a number of heat-related withdrawals by players each year, many more than in any other Grand Slam® Tournament.

Things that you can’t bring along! As much fun as some things may be, some items must just be left at home! The following items are NOT allowed into Melbourne Park:

  • Alcohol
  • Animals except service animals (eg. seeing eye dogs)
  • Any item that could be used as a weapon
  • Beach balls and other inflatable devices
  • Audio recorders
  • Bicycles, scooters, skateboards and roller-blades/skates
  • Camera tripods, monopods, telephoto camera lenses with a focal length capacity greater than 200mm
  • Video cameras and handy-cams
  • Drink and food cans
  • Chairs and stools
  • Eskies and hampers

Note: prams and strollers are not permitted in seating areas.

 

SPORTSNET STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS!

Young tennis fans outside Rod Laver Arena

Young tennis fans outside Rod Laver Arena

The Sportsnet crew tell us what they like to do best on a warm summer’s day… (when not sitting court side at the tennis of course!)

Megan Curwood (Corporate Executive)

  • Sit back & watch the street performers on the banks of the Yarra River whilst enjoying a coffee!
  • Enjoy afternoon tea in one of the famous cake shops in cosmopolitan Acland Street, St.Kilda. Between people-watching the constant stream of sometimes eccentric locals passing by & trying to decide which mouth-watering cakes to indulge in, Acland Street is a great way to spend an afternoon. •
  • Have dinner at Melba Restaurant at The Langham – Amazing buffet & cooking stations all freshly prepared in front of you! Oh and for all you dessert fiends the chocolate fountain is to die for….

Ornella Tonetti (Product Manager)

  • Queen Vic Night Market on a Wednesday! Perfect for a post-tennis wander, you can food trot over 60 global street food offerings, whilst sipping from your glass of sangria! Once you’ve eaten to capacity & drunk more than you should, The Night Market has collaborated with  Multicultural Arts Victoria to put together a full program of live busker-style music over three designated stages; the soundtrack for your midweek summer evenings.
  • Gelato Messina in Smith Street for amazing ice cream!! Just up the road from the Sportsnet Holidays office, all 8 ladies in the office can honestly say this is THE BEST gelato you will get in Australia, every lick AMAZING!!

Brooke Hallam (Corporate Executive)

  • Just a stone’s throw from Flinders Street is a must-experience if you like Asian food with the ‘Wow’ factor, the much talked about Chin Chin! Shout out ‘Feed Me, (as the menu says) and for $66 they’ll just bring you dishes until you cannot fit another morsel in. Yes, it sounds too good to be true… but believe me – it’s true!
  • Cool, cluttered and collected, Hosier Lane is a perfect example of how Melbourne’s artistic minds wander… The street art along this bluestone cobbled lane is one of this city’s hidden gems. With its allure stemming from its seductive sangria of street art: cartoons, shrooms, vampire faces, Brixton briefcase, girls, monsters, ninjas and laughing skulls, you won’t know where to look!
  • The Moonlight  Cinema’s in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Once sundown hits, you can unpack your BYO picnics, or purchase any necessities from the bar, hire a bean bed and blanket for added comfort (otherwise known as ‘Gold Grass’) and be immersed: by film, by nature and by the awesome backdrop of the city skyline.

2015 AUSTRALIAN OPEN HOT TIPS!

Fans walking up the steps of Rod Laver Arena

Fans walking up the steps of Rod Laver Arena

Autographs – securing an autograph or two is tricky, but definitely possible! One tactic is to ninja yourself above the player exit in the court and pounce on them with our item of choice before they exit the arena.

Beat the heat! Bring two bottles of water, and freeze one of the beforehand. When you’re stuck in the stands with an empty bottle of water because the ushers won’t let anyone leave, and you’ll be glad you have a second one!

Even the pros need to practice! Head to practice courts 16 & 17 to see the top players warming up! If there’s someone you really want to see, get there early and secure the best spot!

One city; four seasons! Melbournians don’t lie when we say that we get 4 seasons in one day! What starts out as a scorcher can very quickly cool down so always grab that hoodie as you race out the door!

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