The Grand Slam season starts down under in January with the Australian Open, which brings an added level of excitement to an already hot city. “Spot the tennis star around town” is almost as popular a sport as the game itself. Competition for tickets to the main courts (Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas) can be fierce, particularly during the second week, but a ground pass, especially during the first week when there is plenty of action on the outside courts, is an economical way to see some great games and soak up the atmosphere.
Melbourne Olympic Park is just minutes by tram from Flinders Street Station. Nearby are the many excellent restaurants, cafes and bars of Richmond.
Australian Open | Melbourne Park, Olympic Boulevard
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