Melbourne’s extensive list of sporting events also includes one of the four major tennis world Grand Slams – the Australian Open. In January every year, Melbourne hosts this tennis tournament at Rod Laver Arena, Margaret Court Arena and the surrounding courts of Melbourne Park.
Visitors of all ages come here to witness their favourite tennis stars in action – the only Grand Slam tennis championship held in the Asia Pacific. Based on prize money, popularity, tradition and world rankings, the Australian Open is considered to be one of the top Grand Slams in the world.
Australian Open – 2017 Tennis Dates, Ground Pass & Finals Ticket Prices
Each January, Melbourne plays host to this famous tournament and draws visitors from all over the world, with most of the main notable matches held at the famous Rod Laver Arena. As the tournament is held in January every year, it’s the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season.
In 2017, come and watch Angelique Kerber and Novak Đoković defend their 2016 titles and watch other top seeded players and young up and comers compete for one of the biggest matches in world tennis.
There are a number of tickets available for the 2017 Australian Open. These include:
- The “After 5” Ground Pass: Perfect for an after work match. Come along from 5pm for all sessions from Monday 16 January until Friday 20 January 2017.
- The “Any 3 or 5 Day” Ground Pass: Provides access to any 3 or 5 days of the Australian Open played in Hisense Arena our outside courts (except for Sat 21st January & Sun 22nd January 2017).
- Middle Weekend Ground Pass (Multiple Sessions): Gives access on Saturday 21st January and Sunday 22nd January 2017.
- Quarter, Semi and Grand Final tickets.
Transport to and from the Australian Open is made easy by the free tram services that run on route 70 from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. All you need to catch the free tram is a valid Australian Open ticket for that day. The service operates until one hour after the end of play. Trains are also a convenient option with Flinders Street, Jolimiont and Richmond Stations all within easy walking distance. From Flinders Street walk past Federation Square via Birrarung Marr along the Yarra River and follow the signs. There is limited car parking available, so those choosing to drive should arrive early.
There will be heaps of entertainment at the Australian Open this year with the “AO Open Sessions” with heaps of live music from many Aussie favourites. In 2017, there will be a free two-day music festival on the eve of the tournament.
For kids, there will be a mini theme park called the “AO BALLPARK” which will offer entertainment including a LEGO Play Zone, Medibank Play Park, NERF Battlezone HQ, ANZ Tennis Hot Shots Fan Zone and mini-courts, a stage with all-day entertainment, Bob the Builder dance zone and Adventure Park. The AO Ballpark will run for the duration of the tournament.
As this is an elimination event, it is not possible to book a ticket to see a particular player, as the schedule for the next day can only be announced on the night prior. This tournament is a highlight of the nation’s summer sporting event calendar. Tickets are sold in advance, so those interested in attending should check out our links below for tickets to the various scheduled matches.