One of the star events on the Melbourne calendar is undoubtedly the Australian Open, scheduled for 19 January – 1 February 2015. It is the first of the 4 Grand Slams held every year (the others being the French Open, US Open and Wimbledon), held at Melbourne Park. Singles, doubles and mixed doubles make up the main tournaments; single sessions or ground passes are available.
Ground passes are a great value option for the 2015 Melbourne Open, giving, access to Hisense Arena and all the outside courts (except Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena). That includes the family-friendly zone in Garden Square and all the live music, entertainment and activations at Grand Slam Oval. Enormous video screens showing all the live tennis action from Rod Laver Arena and Margaret Court Arena will be placed at Garden Square and Grand Slam Oval.
In 2015 the new-look Margaret Court Arena boasts a retractable roof allowing play in all weather conditions as well as offering additional shade. The first 8 days will see matches played here; get up close to the action in this more intimate venue. Meanwhile, the Rod Laver Arena with a seating capacity of 15,000 is one of Australia’s largest sporting and entertainment venues, also with a retractable roof. It is the main venue for the Australian Open 2015 and will be used for matches throughout the entire tournament, finishing with the men’s and women’s finals on the final two days. Tickets to either of these arenas is only for that arena and does not allow entry to the other arena.
Melbourne Park is just a 10 minute drive from the city with your Melbourne car hire from Hertz, along Batman Avenue. Public parking (subject to availability) can be found at Yarra Park via Gate 3 for day and night sessions and Gate 5 for day sessions only. There’s also parking in and around Melbourne CBD; all Australian Open ticket holders have the option of a free tram shuttle (on route 70) service from the CBD to Rod Laver Arena and Hisense Arena. To access the entertainment and attractions at Grand Slam Oval, try the Hisense Arena entrance, which gives all ticket holders entry into Melbourne Park. Alternatively, you can head to the Rod Laver Arena forecourt or city entrances. Nearby accommodations for the Australian Open 2015 include the Hotel Windsor, Hilton on the Park, Hotel Lindrum and Stamford.