Think you know the Australian Open? Think again

  • Emily Collin

The best tennis players in the world battling it out in Melbourne’s backyard. Epic matches unfolding on our iconic blue courts. The city skyline providing a picturesque backdrop for the action.

You know the drill. Or at least you think you do. Prepare to be surprised at Australian Open 2019. Whether you clear your calendar every January to come to Melbourne Park, or you’re thinking of coming down for the first time – rest assured there is something for everyone at Australian Open 2019.

Rethink your summer

All tickets for Australian Open 2019 go on sale today, Tuesday 9 October at 9:00 am (AEST). With a record breaking 743,667 fans streaming through the Melbourne Park gates last year, we urge those wanting to soak up the action to get in quick and secure your seats now. Treat yourself to the finest tennis around, with recently revamped seats at Rod Laver Arena available from just $62. Otherwise, get your hands on seats at Margaret Court Arena from $61. Early bird pricing applies before Friday 30 November 2018.  

From dedicated tennis aficionados, to the event seekers, food lovers as well as families looking for an action-packed day out, the Australian Open offers something for everyone. For a pre-purchased price of $49, the much-loved Ground Pass represents excellent value and gives fans a chance to get amongst the famous Australian Open atmosphere. On top of access to Melbourne Arena and 18 outside courts, ground pass holders are also welcome to soak up the vibes at Grand Slam Oval and AO Live Stage.

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For a pre-purchased price of $49, the much-loved ground pass represents excellent value and gives fans a chance soak up the famous Australian Open atmosphere.

Rethink the favourites

2018 has been a big year for the big guns of our sport. Living legend Roger Federer left Melbourne with a 20th Grand Slam trophy, while Caroline Wozniacki captured her first. Serena Williams continues to defy the odds, returning to the tour in emphatic fashion after the birth of her daughter. At the same time, Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic staked further claims to their greatness.

South Korean Hyeon Chung led the charge of young guns with his impressive semifinal run at Australian Open 2018. In the same fold, Naomi Osaka of Japan certainly has our attention after her enthralling US Open victory.

Those keen to don the green and gold will be thrilled to see the likes of Ash Barty, John Millman and Nick Kyrgios taking centre court. Feast your eyes on these big hitters and plenty more Aussie superstars at Melbourne Park this summer.

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Carolina Wozniacki won her maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park in January 2018.

Rethink the sounds of tennis 

That oddly satisfying sound released by a freshly opened tin of balls. Passionate cries of “come on” drowned out by the spirited roar of the crowd. These are the sounds of tennis as we know and love them. They’re here to stay, but it’s time to rethink.

After a wildly successful 2018, AO Live Stage is back for Australian Open 2019. With the likes of Client Liaison, Tina Arena and Rudimental gracing the stage last year, the highly anticipated 2019 line-up will feature some of the biggest local and international artists.

Come for the tennis, stay for the music. Alternatively, come for the music and treat yourself to a little world-class tennis in between. Whichever way you see it, the AO Live Stage is the perfect platform to put a slightly different spin on your typical night out. With the city of Melbourne as the backdrop, get your friends and family together to unwind and witness some fabulous live music.

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Whichever way you see it, the AO Live Stage is the perfect platform to put a slightly different spin on your typical AO visit.

Rethink School Holidays

On the lookout for an action-packed family day out to satisfy those notoriously energetic kids and of course put a smile on sports-loving Mum or Dad’s face? Look no further.

With more family-friendly activities and options than ever before, Australian Open 2019 is a surefire way to have a fun-filled day with the kids.

A longtime favourite, Kids Tennis Day is one of the most popular events on the tennis calendar for families. The hugely popular AO Ballpark is back to delight tennis’ smallest fans this summer. In a brand new location and triple the size of last year, get ready to cool down at the waterpark and 12m waterslide before hitting up the play zone, food trucks, ice-cream carts, daily stage shows and ANZ Tennis Hot Shots.

With more family fun across the site, it has never been easier to entertain the kids these school holidays. The best bit? Ground passes for kids aged 3-14 are just $5 across the entire event.

PLUS, thanks to ANZ, the first 7,000 kids on Thursday 17 January will go FREE!

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The hugely popular AO Ballpark is back to delight tennis’ smallest fans.

Rethink Date Night

As you’ve hopefully gathered by now, the Australian Open is an event that goes beyond the world-class tennis on show.

Ask any Melburnian, and they are likely to be incredibly proud of the vibrant ‘foodie’ culture that shines through the city. It makes sense then, to showcase some of our finest restaurants and dining options onsite at the Australian Open. Grab a ground pass for just $49 before the event starts and make Melbourne Park your oyster…if that’s what you feel like.

Be spoilt for choice with some of the world’s most respected chefs and food names dishing up a range of world-class culinary experiences. With an impressive 15 onsite restaurants across the precinct, take date night to a whole new level.

Brand new to the scene is Beijing Betty. Sister to wildly popular Melbourne restaurants Hanoi Hannah and Tokyo Tina, Betty will bring a 200 person dine-in space, or a ‘grab-and-go’ experience for those who don’t want to miss a minute of the match.

Critically acclaimed restaurants Rockpool and Nobu will also return to the Australian Open following the success of their debut appearance in 2018, while the AO Chef Series will host some of the world’s most loved and celebrated chefs at The Glasshouse to create a truly unique and intimate dining experience.

Can’t find a babysitter to look after the kids? Think again. For the very first time, Melbourne Park will have its very own onsite childcare for children aged 5 - 12 yrs.  

Summer in Melbourne is just around the corner, which means Australian Open 2019 is nearly upon us. With more on offer than ever before, expect the unexpected. Tickets are on sale now. What are you waiting for!

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Patrons can sit back and enjoy all the Australian Open has to offer, while kids may be looked after with a new childcare service.