The Australian Open! One of the four tennis Grand Slam tournaments, right here in Melbourne. The whole city gets excited for it and people pour in from around the world to attend. (About 70,000 people attend each day!) It takes place at Melbourne Park, part of the sports precinct just along the Yarra River.
This year, the Australian Open also represented the locations of the 3 other Grand Slams. You could stroll through an English garden, buy strawberries and cream, and stop in at the pub in London or buy hotdogs from a street vendor in New York City or even stand next to the Eiffel Tower and eat at a cafe in Paris. And of course, there’s Melbourne, with its eclectic multicultural menu and lots of green space. All in all–a great idea!
A big part of the Open is getting kids excited about and involved in tennis. The children’s area, I think, did just that. With trampolines, rock climbing walls, Legos, and miniatures tennis courts there was definitely plenty of fun to be had.
We really lucked out on the matches that were scheduled in Rod Laver Arena that day–they all included big names.
The first was Venus Williams and Stephanie Voegele. Venus looked good and won the match convincingly. Next up was Angie Kerber, the current world #1, vs. fellow German Carina Witthoeft. Kerber was victorious, even through Witthoeft put up a good fight. During Kerber’s post-match interview, the interviewer announced it was her birthday and the entire stadium sang “Happy Birthday” to her–fun! Finally, Roger Federer vs. Noah Rubin, a young American. The arena really filled up at this point… Federer won in straight sets, which pleased the crowd to no end. It was amazing to see all these great tennis players right there and see how well they moved, etc.
It really is the “Happy Slam!!”