Summer is my favourite time of the year. Not just because it’s my birthday, not because of the beach and tan but because Melbourne becomes a hotpot of nationalities as it seduces the world and lures them in with our Grand Slam: the Australian Open.
I love to travel and meet new people, so having guests from all over the come and watch such a great sport is perfect. And just like ever other year, I made it a mission of mine to attend.
Everyone should try to make it to a Grand slam at least once in their lifetime. Whether it be in England, the US or France, you feel as though you’re a part of something much bigger than yourself. And with everyone in a great and celebratory mood you’ll find yourself shouting along with the others as you continue or develop support for competitors.
You really do become a part of history.
Australian open hints and tips
Melbourne is notorious for having 4 seasons in one day, and even though the Grand slam may be on in the height of winter, you should always take a light jacket, small umbrella or raincoat with you as it may rain during the day and get chilly at night.
This year was no different as we braved the humidity that comes after the summer rains.
Sunscreen is a must! The sun hits ever so hard in Melbourne, yes even after it rains and you must be prepared. The sun in Australia is quite harsh and you don’t want to find yourself with red skin afterwards so take sunscreen.
A hat will also be very useful. Whether to protect you from the rain or shine, you won’t regret taking a hat.
Take food. You can of course buy food but it’s slightly expensive so even taking a snack from home maybe save you a few bucks.
Don’t drive. Driving is such a hassle and leaving afterwards will always result in unwanted traffic jams. Therefore I would recommend taking Public transport. It really is quite easy, all you have to do is take a train or tram to flinders street station and there you find trams running from the station to the tennis courts – and for free!
This year, I was fortunate enough to watch the great Roger Federer not only play, but win. It was very inspiring to see someone continue their craft and work at it so hard and diligently with such great results.
We also got to see up and coming talent as we scoured the open courts searching for the new best player. Everyone showed such determination and the talent really was unbelievable.
Granted we were rained on and shone on, but that’s what makes Melbourne and the Grand Slam so great – you never know what you’re going to get.