I walk along the Champion’s avenue, taking a look at pictures of the players who have gone on to win the Australian Open – Djokovic, Federer and Serena Williams.
Unfortunately I was not going on to Rod Laver to win a grand slam title, I was merely on a tour of the Australian Open venue, but I was able to get an insight into what goes on behind the scenes and what the players might experience.
And actually, I did get to play some tennis on one of the Open’s courts so maybe there’s still time for me.
When we were researching things to do in Melbourne, one of the first things that came to mind was of course the Australian Open venue. Upon looking we found out that there were tours and after checking in to our Airbnb, we rushed over there to get on the tour.
During the tour, you’re taken through the corridors to see where the players hang out and sort out their accommodation. You also get to see the trophies themselves.
Top of my list was the Press Room to see where the lucky journalists get to grill the players. I didn’t realise that players can be fined A$10,000 for not turning up to their press interviews – that’s crazy!
My favourite of course was the champions hall where players are filmed walking through the corridor before stepping onto Rod Laver Arena. It’s one of those amazing feelings to think back to when you watch it on tv and recognise it all. I can’t imagine the thoughts going through a player’s head when they go through the corridor.
And when we were done we were allowed to use the courts for free! I couldn’t resist playing a bit of tennis on an Australian Open court could I?! It was weird to think that the likes of Djokovic and Murray could have played on this court and I’m not going to lie, I did come off the court feeling at least a little bit like a tennis superstar which is a shame as I was rubbish!
Visit Tennis Australia for information on tours of the Australian Open venue. The Rod Laver Arena is sometimes closed for events but the rest of the venues are open. **Being a tennis superstar is not mandatory for the tour**