We've purchased tickets through Calder & Lawson House of
Travel for the last four days of the Aussie Tennis Open. Sure we
could have booked them online but for the second time we've done it
through Calder & Lawson because it guarantees us great seats
which are out of the sun. Fortunately we weren't here last week for
the 40 plus degree heat but even the pleasant 22-26 we've had it
would be a nightmare in the sun all day.
The tournament is done so well. Plenty of food options including
gluten free - the only complaint...the beer is Heineken! Oh well it
might have to be G&Ts! There's lots to look at in between the
main games including top players like Nadal practising, a highlight
seeing him from literally metres away. Oh did I mention he changed
The wheelchair tennis champs are on and are well worth watching,
they are such incredible athletes.
The 'Legends' also play doubles which is more tongue and cheek
than anything but it was highly entertaining and funny and involved
singing, every rule broken in the tennis book including swapping to
be a ball boy and making the young junior play for a bit. Yannick
Noah was hilarious but boy when he decides to, he still hits a ball
like a pro.
The highlight of the night was Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka, ranked
eighth in the world and the latest person I'm following on Twitter!
He's got a 'go for it' attitude, great ground strokes, a mean serve
and is a winner at the net.
Stan's become a real crowd favourite after beating the 2013
Aussie Open Champion Djokovic in an epic five set battle.
It was a great match against the number seven in the world
Thomas Berdych, involving plenty of aces over 210 kilometres, long
rallies and closely fought points. Going to four sets with three of
them being decided in tie-matches with Stan winning in the end.
We finally get home around 1am having walked back along the
river admiring the art and sculpture.
What a great day but it just keeps getting better - tomorrow is
Federer and Nadal!