I hadn't been to the Australian Open for ages, I think I have been about three times in the past 15 years! I have been really wanting to go but work commitments always made it difficult and when friends were going I wasn't able to because of work.
So when my store manager came up to me and asked me if I would like 2 free ground pass tickets to the Australian Open on Australia Day I jumped at the chance. I hadn't planned anything for Australia Day yet so I thought 'why not go to the tennis?' I went along with my friend Dannielle, who also had no plans for that day! We had been meaning to catch up for ages so it was good to see her after so long and also have a fun day at the tennis!
The morning was raining heavily, and the weather was really confusing me as to what I should wear but I ended up wearing jeans, a t-shirt and my kimono over the top. Shortly after we arrived the sun came out but the wind was still cold so I think I dressed appropriately... although I forgot to take a hat ... could have used it many times but oh well!
So on to the tennis ... the day started a bit slowly, I think because the outdoor courts were a little too wet to play on so we had to wait a short while before we saw any action. But it gave us the chance to wander around and check out the stalls, the merchandise and the food, which were all interesting and worthwhile looking at. Soon we headed on over to the courts where we saw some of the main players warm up and practice. We wandered around the different courts and found one of the most entertaining game I've ever seen! It was a veteran's game the legends double and it was a lot of fun, although they were still competitive they were there for enjoyment and they were definitely interesting to watch!
After watching a few games we decided we needed coffee and something to eat, we headed back to the food stalls and found a place to sit and watch some live music, which was also very good and entertaining!
Another thing that we found that I didn't know existed was a court where members of the public can sign up to play a match on a court ... very interesting and sounds like fun!
So after a day of walking around and watching some interesting tennis we decided we were very tired around 5 pm and decided it was time to go home.
All in all a fantastic day out and a good way to spend Australia Day! I would recommend going to the Australian Open next year if you are looking for a fun day out.