Make no mistake, the thwock of balls against racquet strings and the high-pitched squealing of soles against clay are an essential part of summer in Melbourne.
Played in Melbourne Park every January since 1988, the Australian Open has been a staple of the Aussie sporting calendar. Tennis fanatics and casual observers descend upon the city great sporting precinct to watch world-class technique and catch a glimpse of some of the sporting world’s biggest names.
So if you’re heading to the tennis, brace yourself for an awesome opening serve of sports in 2018! (While we’re at it, remove the stress of Rod Laver Arena parking at Le Garage!)
The Australian Open once again hits Melbourne!
From humble beginnings in 1905, the Australian Open has grown to become one of the biggest events in world tennis. And since 1972, it’s been one of the biggest summer attractions in Melbourne.
As the first major tennis tournament of the year, the Australian Open is HUGE!
The only way to appreciate the mind-boggling size and prestige of the Open is to understand Grand Slam tennis. The four grand slams – the Australian Open, US Open, French Open, and Wimbledon – are the biggest annual tennis events. They are weighed the most heavily when determining rankings, offer the most prize money, and attract the most media attention.
To make a long story short, tennis tournaments come in a hierarchy… and the grand slams sit at the top. Just this year, the prize pool of the Australian Open was $50 million, while single AO title winners Roger Federer and Serena Williams pocketed $3.7 million each. Even those who lose in their first round still pocket $50k!
Australian Open 2018 events
There’s more to the Aussie Open than just tennis!
For two jam-packed weeks, visitors can enjoy assortment of entertainment and events. We’ve picked out some highlights below!
Music acts and performances
Throughout the entire tournament, you’ll be served (pardon the pun) some impressive musical guests!
Aussie rock legend Jimmy Barnes opens the tournament on the eve of the first day of play, with a performance on Sunday, 14th January.
His performance comes as part of the first ever FightMND charity concert – an incredible initiative made popular by AFL legend Neale Daniher, who himself has been fighting the disease since 2013.
Proceeds go towards this fantastic charity so make sure you purchase your tickets today!
Some other musical highlights include:
- James Rayne and Australian Crawl, (Wednesday, 17th January)
- Hoodoo Gurus (Friday, 19th January)
- Illy (Saturday, 20th January)
- The Rubens (Monday, 23rd January)
- Client Liaison (Tuesday, 24th January)
Kids Tennis Day
Your kids can have a taste of what it’s like to be a world-famous tennis player during Kids Tennis Day on Saturday, 13th January.
Kids under 15 can enjoy FREE entry as they participate in activities and sports like rock climbing and zip-lining!
Disney Adventure Zone
Got any Moana fans at home? How about Star Wars?
Test your balance skills on a mechanical surfboard just like Moana, or conquer your fear of heights on the Ropes Course!
Star Wars fanatics can participate in a real-life Padawan training session, and will receive a certificate upon completion!
Here’s a little-known fact: while the Australian Open is very much a Melbourne event nowadays, Sydney holds the record for second most tournaments held – shocking, we know. At one stage, it was even held in Christchurch (as in, New Zealand!)
The Australian Open has bounced all over the country since it first started in 1905. From 1972 however, it has settled in Melbourne and has stayed here since.
In fact, the sporting district at Melbourne Park was specifically constructed to host the Open.
Located just outside the city centre, getting to the Australian Open is easy, with the entire complex within walking distance of Le Garage’s Flinders Street location.
Rod Laver Arena
Named after one of the greatest Australian tennis players, Rod Laver Arena is the largest court in the complex, seating 15,000 people.
And naturally, that makes it the only logical place for the biggest matches – every year, the Australian Open finals are held at Rod Laver.
Hisense Arena is the second largest court in Melbourne Park, with a capacity of around 10,000. Hisense plays host to many types of sporting matches, events, and concerts.
Margaret Court Arena
Rounding out the trio is Margaret Court Arena. Named after another Aussie tennis legend, Margaret Court Arena holds 7,500 people.
Choose Le Garage for Rod Laver arena parking during the Australian Open
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to the Australian Open in 2018, you’re in for a whirlwind of fantastic tennis elite sportsmanship.
Searching for Rod Laver arena parking during one of Melbourne’s premier sporting events?
Finding safe, affordable parking in Melbourne’s CBD shouldn’t be a chore – and thanks to Le Garage, it’s in fact a breeze.
Located in the east end of the CBD – in fact, less than an 8-minute walk from all the action at Melbourne Park – there’s no beating the convenience and competitive rates of Le Garage.