Australian Open 2012

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  1. iyudhi

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    Timbo: yeah it might be a good idea to bring racquets :)

    Pozza: Thanks! yeah I know getting courts might not be too bad.. but how about finding hitting partners?

    also please do give more info on the grass court... 45 minutes train ride ain't too bad.. I think I'm going to give it a go..



     
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  2. Lover

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    Guys, im in brighton.


    I brought my racquet so if any of you want to play I'd ve really happyy

    cheers
     
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  3. equinox

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    Last time TT had oz open gathering, maximum four people showed. Impossible to arrange location and time suitable for everyone. Overseas travelers plans frequently change.

    Imho better off arranging personal 1-1 hit. You'll get more follow through with committing to a hit together.

    LOL @baccas, only go there to die. Way too far and out of the way.
     
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    Wife and I will be staying on Spencer St. as well! We'll be arriving on the 16th and leaving on the 22nd. If we decide to bring our sticks I will try to get in touch with you guys. I'm a 4.5 while my wife is a 4.0. I'd love to give grass a try!
     
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    After googling, I found out there is a public tennis facility that is close to Rod Laver Arena. Fawkner Park Tennis Center has synthetic grass courts. I'd love to be able to try that out!
     
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    Spencer St as well? wow how about that...

    I will arrive there on Monday the 15th.. but will probably spend the day sleeping since I could only get red eye flight (hate that so much)

    anyway my schedule's pretty relaxed... I will be there for the whole two weeks just chilling... I may go to Sydney for a day or two the second week, but other than that, just planning to watch as many matches as I can

    burosky if you don't mind to hit with a 3-3.5 I'm up for a game or two.. if you don't think it would be fun, it's also fine.. I won't be offended :)



     
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    I don't know about your experience but at the Atlantis Hotel the internet connection sucked big time. It was so bad that all I used it for was check e-mail. It is too late now. We flew back last Sunday. If it wasn't too expensive I'd do it again. This was my first experience at a Grand Slam. I think this raised my expectations quite high. We are planning to go to the US Open next.
     
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    Did u guys enjoy your trip to the Aussies pen. I went last year (2011) and loved it.
     
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    Enjoyed it? More like loved it? If money isn't a factor, I'd go every year.
     
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    oh yeah that was a definitely a great trip.. I got tickets to the finals, both men's and women's

    women's obviously disappointing.. but I enjoyed the junior matches.. too bad bryan brothers lost..

    men's was.. wow... no words can be used to describe it.. I used to complain about the excessive ball bouncing and use of towels.. but I'm kinda glad now since it gave me time to breath between points.. definitely breath taking match..

    match finished 2 AM, got back home at 3 AM, slept at 430 AM, and had to catch a plane by 10 AM... crazy...

    also managed to snatch good seats for federer-tomic and nadal-berdych match just hours before the matches

    a bit of advice.... scalping was non existent there, so whenever people had conflicts, they will return the tickets to ticketek... so sometimes even though the event was sold out, some tickets will pop out closer to the match..

    also had hisense tickets.. watch berdych got booed, kei nishikori beat tsonga in 5 sets..

    with ground tickets.. john isner - david nalbandian, and baghdatis broke 4 rackets... and plenty of good matches...

    I practically lived in melbourne park during those 2 weeks...

    epic.. just epic...
     
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    I would have done the same thing except my old body just can't take it. It's like going to a great buffet with tons of food prepared by chefs to choose from. You want to get a taste of everything and perhaps want to go back for more for your favorites but your stomach just gets too full. It was too much tennis if there is such a thing.
     
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    Just needed to know if anybody from Melbourne could help with this, would staying somewhere along Howard Street be a good idea if attending the Aussie Open?

    I read that its about at least a 20min walk to the Melbourne CBD and a 5 minute walk to the nearest tram station so not sure if its feasible or not.
     
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    It is a little further away but certainly feasible. We stayed at Atlantis which is close to the corner of La Trobe and Spencer St. We could have walked all the way to Rod Laver Arena but with the free tram ride there's no sense walking it. Howard is quite far from Rod Laver. If you walked it you'd probably be spent by the time you get there. Tram would be your best bet. You can just do a Google map search and you will see what I mean.
     
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    Howard St is on the other side of the CBD.

    I would look around Losdale St if you want to stay in the city. Some good Apartment places at the top of Lonsdale St that will give you good access to both the tennis and the city.
     
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    hi guys, i'll be heading to the 2013 Aussie Open, and i'm just about to drop the cash on the quarters day session. is roger more likely to play in the day or the night? (assuming he'll get to the quarters.)
     
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    quarters? 99% sure it will be in the evenings..
     
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    thanks iyudhi!

    as much as i'd love to live in melbourne park for 2 weeks as you did, i only have 2 days. :( any advice which are the best 2 days to go, apart from the semis and finals, to get the most tennis, and still get to see roger in action?

    hmmm single sessions also do not seem to be on sale.
    "Event not on-sale to the general public."
     
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    mykoh do you have Australian Open membership? if not I think you won't be able to buy single tickets yet... I think sale for general public will start around sept/oct... currently it's now limited to members only...

    other than semis than finals.. I think getting the quarters will be worthwhile.. the players play alternate days, so if you get 2 straight days most probably you'll get Fed in one of the days... last year fed and nadal plays on the same day, djoko and murray on the other..

    last year was a surprise, that fed plays on the first round on Monday, at Hisense.. that hasn't happened in a while.. he always play in Rod Laver..

    my suggestion is to look at last year's schedule, study it for a bit and you'll get an idea of how they schedule the players..

    some things I noticed though... Hisense plan aren't really worth it.. might as well get ground tickets and go to Margaret Court arena.. and Australian players get first priority during evening sessions.. Tomic and Hewitt play the evening sessions a LOT.. no offense to the Australians, but I was kinda glad when both of them got eliminated..

     
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    no AO membership unfortunately. :(

    yeah the quarters look really good. the package only allows me to choose between the day or night sessions, but the day gets me 2 women's singles and 1 men's singles over 2 days (22-23 Jan). also studied the 2012 schedule of play and fed played delpo in the first day session. does that mean he'll play night this time round?

    why i'm hesitating is cos even if i drop the cash on the quarters, i'm not guaranteed of watching roger play and feels like a gamble (an expensive one) to me. :/

    thanks for answering my questions, i'm just really really excited. :D

    EDIT: i tried buying package tickets yesterday just to see what seats i'd get and everything was ok. i didn't complete the transaction cos i was still undecided. i'm trying it now and it doesn't work!

    "Series packages
    On sale from 9:00 am (AEST) Wednesday 3 October 2012 until 5:00 pm (AEST) Sunday 1 October 2012"

    :( any AO members here willing to help a crazy tennis fan out?
     
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    haha yeah getting grand slam tickets are some gamble if you're trying to watch specific players...

    how long are you going to be in Melb?

    I found a trick that might be useful for you.... scalping for tickets for Aussie Open is illegal, so you won't see scalpers selling tickets outside the park (a very common thing in US sporting events)

    when people can't go to the matches, they will return the tickets to Ticketek... this year I got to watch Federed play Tomic, a sold out event from the 7th row... I bought the ticket literally 2 hours before the match start..

    so you might want to try that too... just wait for the schedule to come out, then a couple of hours before Fed plays... just keep checking Ticketek to see if there are any spots open...

    got ticket for Nadal vs Berdych as well this way...

     
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    lol good idea iyudhi, so if people return tickets they'll show up online as well right? do you check ticketek online?

    i should be in melb for around 6 days, then its off to sydney for another 6 days. :)
     
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    okay the package tickets are up for sale again! seats aren't as good as the ones that were offered a while back (upper section 16) now the system has offered me section 37 and 40 (on the 2nd day) row BB. how is it from that position? should i go for it?

    RLA Seat Map
     
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    okay i could not wait any longer. i'm going to the AO 2013 quarter finals. :D
     
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    mykoh, the longer you wait, the worse the seats you will get... I'd say just jump on it ASAP.. you can always return the tickets later to Ticketek if the events are sold out... all Rod Laver events quarters and above will 99% guaranteed to be sold out...

    don't worry too much about the seats... friendly suggestion though, and it can also just be my personal preference...

    get baseline tickets!!!! sitting at sideline your viewing angle is very limited.. there's a reason why TV shows the matches in that direction :)

    enjoy your matches!! I will be aiming for Wimbledon tickets next year :)


     
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    thanks! :)

    i had awesome seats the first time i tried getting tickets (section 16). but i hesitated and they were gone. did my best to get baseline seats but their system was only able to put me there. so i guess my current seats will have to do. :D

    AO2013 can't come soon enough.
     
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    i got my package through one of melbourne's local agents for the 1st 3 days. trying to look for additional tickets for extra sessions. how did you get them?
     
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    i got em through ticketek. :)
     
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    mykoh,
    can you pass me the link to ticketek? i went to the site and tickets are not on sale yet. did u get the OZ open membership?
     
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    ah.. thanks man.. the series are on sale but not the individual tix and groundpasses.. i guess i'll have to wait.. :)
     
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    just heard there are rumours going around of a boycott by ATP players at AO2013. :shock:
     
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    Going the first week, any survival tips to recommend? :)
     
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    bezs: what kind of tips are you looking for? I'd be more than happy to share my experience from last year :)
     
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    Sunscreen, water bottle, comfortable clothes and good pair of walking shoes. Optional: hat and sunglasses.
     
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    a hat and glasses isn't an option in the Australian sun!

    It's been super hot so far this year, it's going to be very tough on the players (as usual)
     
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    I agree.. a hat and sunglasses isn't an option.. it's a must!!

    I remember last year during Nishikori vs Tsonga match... I couldn't even stay for more than 2 sets watching on the court.. it was sooo hot!! most people (including me) have to go back in and out of the court to take turns cooling off in the hallways..

    can't imagine how the players feel that day..,.
     
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    Are there any water fountains in Melbourne Park where i could refill water? Would save a fair bit of dough from constantly buying bottles of water.


    A question on tickets is it difficult to get tickets to say a session on Rod Laver once the schedule of play has been released?
     
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    there should be water fountains all around Melbourne Park.. I never had problems refilling my water..

    you probably won't be able to get Rod Laver tickets straight after the schedule is released.. they're probably sold out by then...

    keep an eye on the Ticketek website just hours before the actual match though, and you'll see some seats popping up..

    scalping is heavily frowned upon for AO.. so you won't see scalpers hanging around the park.. what people usually do when they can't go to the matches is return the tickets to Ticketek..

    got good seats for Fed vs Tomic last year (sold out match, 7th row ticket), and Nadal vs Berdych

    not a guaranteed thing, but better than nothing..
     
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    Hmm... I'm hoping to be able to catch Fed play and i only have one confirmed day session on RLA for now.

    Should i take a chance with another session in hope that he plays or wait till i get there and hope tickets are available?
     
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    I would use the bay....

    You might pay more, you might not...
     
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    bezs: take a look at this following link... It reflects my strategy of getting tickets.. I would say taking a chance after the schedule is finalized is worth it...

    http://www.weekendnotes.com/best-seats-at-the-australian-open/

    of course there's always a small chance Fed got eliminated in the opening rounds..
     
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    Thanks for the input, will take the advice. Fingers crossed. :)
     
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    I envy you.. I wish I could be there this year...
     
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    Another question just came to mind, is re-entry allowed to Melbourne Park for e.g. i have a grounds pass/Hisense ticket i'm there at the start of the day than decide to leave Melbourne Park to go eat or do some exploring am i allowed to re-enter again later in the day?
     
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    yes it's definitely allowed... there's a special line when exiting though so make sure to use that..
     
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    ..... never did the in and out thing when I was there last year but if I remember right you also have to get yourself stamped. I was there the first week last year and didn't think the temperature was that hot. I survived not having a hat or sunglasses. There were a couple of days where the temps got to the high 90s but overall it was nice. If it didn't make a big dent in my wallet I'd go back in a heartbeat.
     
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    Is there any place in Melbourne park where the schedule of play will be shown once the schedule of play has been finalized for the next day?
     
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    I don't recall seeing any, but I could be wrong.. You can always ask the ticket counters at the end of the day...

     
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    The hotel we stayed at last year had the daily schedule printed out and available at the lobby. It wasn't even a high end hotel. It was the Atlantis (Best Western). I bet most if not all the hotels in the CBD area would have the schedule printed out and available at the lobby as well.
     
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    Had a truly memorable wonderful awesome time there. Would love to do it again.
     

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