The Australian Open’s reputation as the most family-friendly Grand Slam was cemented in 2017 with the introduction of the $5 ground pass for children, a hugely successful initiative that included a range of fun activations designed especially for kids.
The AO Ballpark, a big hit with young fans this year, returns for 2018 in a new location.
With more activities than ever before, the Grand Slam’s tiniest fans can zip-line into a world full of fun activities, with LEGO and NERF back for a second year to delight kids both young and old.
Central to the AO Ballpark is the specially designed ANZ Tennis Hot Shots courts where kids can pick up a racquet, test their skills and have fun playing tennis.
Kids Tennis Day, on Saturday 13 January, will return bigger and better than ever. The Rod Laver Arena Spectacular will feature a host of big-name tennis stars hitting alongside some of the most beloved characters on kids TV. Kids will have a chance to hit on the famous Australian Open blue courts, try out ANZ Tennis Hot Shots, have their photograph taken with the iconic AO trophies and much more.
“We are all big kids at heart and we want to ensure everyone can have a great time at the Australian Open,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“Whether it be picking up a racquet or watching your favourite tennis star, the Australian Open is all about coming up with new and exciting ways for families to get immersed in tennis.
“The AO Ballpark was a huge hit this year and will be back bigger and better for 2018. And Kids Tennis Day continues to go from strength to strength – it’s a great way to introduce the next generation to our fantastic sport.”
The $5 ground pass is for children aged up to 14 years of age.