The Australian Open is named the Happy Slam for a very good reason. Overall, we would describe it as a 2-week festival, featuring incredible tennis, world-class food from international chefs, rides, stalls, live entertainment, and an indescribable atmosphere. Long story short – it’s a lot fun.
All the action starts from Monday 20th January 2020 and finishes up on the final night on Sunday 2nd February 2020. Depending on what you want to see and your budget, finding the right days to attend is essential when planning. Here’s our advice on the best days to attend the Australian Open.
WHEN TO ATTEND THE AUSTRALIAN OPEN WITH A GROUND PASS?
The ground passes give you access into Melbourne Park, and believe us when we say there is plenty to see and do here. From dining experiences, kids activities, bars, rides, stalls, and of course all of the outdoor courts and screens displaying the tennis action, you will feel right at home in the energic and exciting vibe which follows you across the whole venue.
If you are wanting to catch some of the players in action on the outdoor courts then we recommend attending during the first and second rounds which will be across the first week (Monday 20th Jan – Thursday 23rd Jan). Of course, it is unlikely you will be able to see the likes of Federer, Djokovic, Nadal, Williams or Barty without a ticket into the main arenas, but as there are a higher volume of matches, and only so many courts, chances are you will likely catch a top 20 player at Melbourne Arena (formally known as Hisense Arena).
If you are simply wanting to go for the atmosphere and first-hand experience, then a ground pass to any of the days will give you this incredible experience.
For more information on ground passes or to book yours today, enquire here.
WHICH DAY/SESSION SHOULD I PURCHASE A MATCH TICKET FOR?
As there is never a definite of who you will get to see play, it’s hard to perfectly organise which day/night sessions to attend. However, we have a few tips and our personal picks to help your decision making.
For the best bang for buck, we recommend attending during the first week and weekend (also known as the Middle Weekend). Here you will get to see the third and fourth round of tennis, allowing for a greater chance to see some fantastic matches between tennis greats at a cheaper price. During the middle weekend in the 2019 Australian Open, we witnessed Tsitsipas defeat the great Federer in an epic game of endurance and skill. To make it even better – in 2020 it’s the Australia Day long weekend, giving you the perfect opportunity to extend your tennis holiday.
If you are wanting to experience Rod Laver Arena or Margaret Court Arena but have a slightly tighter budget, then attending during the first week, between Monday 20th January and Sunday 26th January, is the way to go. Tickets are much cheaper, but still offer a great arena experience with cheering crowds and world-class tennis. Check out our Week One packages for the best deals for this experience.
With our Middle Weekend Package, we can secure you prime seats for the weekend matches, affordable accommodation as well as access to our exclusive Keith Prowse Package inclusions including a private event with a special guest speaker (last year we had Pat Cash!) and the Ultimate Food and Wine Tour of the Mornington Peninsular.
If you are wanting to witness the cream of the crop of tennis players, then you will be wanting to purchase seats during the quarter, semi’s or final matches happening across the last week of the tournament (Monday 27th January to Sunday 2nd February). Obviously, the prices for each of these matches increase as you get closer to the final, but the games are far more intense, gruelling and the crowds and atmosphere take entertainment to a whole new level. Along with ticket prices, you will see a jump in price for accommodation in the area. For the best prices, you can package tickets, accommodation, activities, and flights to maximise your budget and overall experience. We have a range of packages available across the quarters, semis and finals, all of which can be tailored for any budget. Check them out here.
WHERE TO SIT IN THE ARENAS
Melbourne temperatures during January/February can range from pleasantly cool to extreme heat. During the day, temperatures can rise to up to 40 degrees, so it’s best to be prepared for all weather scenarios. If you are planning to attend the day sessions, and staying out of the sun is a big factor for you, our experts can recommend and create the perfect package to ensure your seats are in the shade.
We have travelling to the Australian Open for over 10 years now and have picked up a wealth of knowledge around the event including where to sit, when to buy, and what sessions will suit your needs. Simply email us or give us a call and we can help you out.