2. Ask the players what they think. Each year, the competitors praise the Australian Open as the friendliest of the big four tournaments, calling it “The Happy Slam”. Keep an eye out for the superstars outside the venue too. You can often spot them at the beach, strolling through a park or relaxing at a cafe.
3. Enjoy basking at the tournament in the height of the Australian summer, especially if you’re looking to escape the northern winter. This is a great time of year to see Australia at its sunniest.
4. Due to the number of games played in the first week, spend some time around the outside courts, where many of the best players compete. The outside courts, which seat fewer spectators, are where you can really get up close and personal to the stars.
5. Splash out for an evening session at the 15,000-seat Rod Laver Arena, one of the most magical experiences in world tennis. Its fully retractable roof enables night matches to be played under the stars or under cover if it’s raining. The fiercest battles can stretch late into the evening, sometimes finishing after midnight.
6. Give yourself a break and hang out at Grand Slam Oval, the venue’s entertainment precinct. Here you can feel the buzz as some of Australia’s hottest bands perform on the Heineken Live Stage.
7. Hungry? There’s always a great range of flavours on offer at the Australian Open, whether you fancy Korean barbecue, Indian curry or a grain-fed prime Scotch fillet steak at the licensed River Terrace restaurant that pops up just for tennis fans.