When is the AO tournament draw?
The Australian Open draw will take place on Thursday 16 January at 6pm. Visit ausopen.com/draws for all the latest scheduling and event information.
Will I be able to meet tennis players or get their autographs?
Players usually have practice sessions on the outdoor courts during the day so, if you’re lucky, this is your best bet of getting a #grandslamselfie or meeting your tennis idols. Practice sessions will take place on Rod Laver Arena between 9.30am and 2.30pm, or you can try your luck at the new Player Practice Village outside the National Tennis Centre between 8.30am and 4pm. Players also do signings during the day at Garden Square. As always, it’s very much the luck of the draw.
Is the Australian Open good for kids?
The Open is a great day out for the whole family. Families with younger kids will love the AO Ballpark – where they’ll get their serve of rock climbing, water fountains, zipline, giant sandcastles, stage shows, Lego adventures, Kia Junior Drive and more. If your kids are over 10, there’s the AO Hilltop, which boasts tween-friendly activities including karaoke, movies, a splash park and the Skyflyer Ride. Parents can also book kids into the AO Kids Club for a full day, half day or date night, and let them have a Grand Slam experience while you enjoy all the Grand Slam action. And if you’re looking for ways to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays, don’t forget about the Kids Tennis Day on 18 January and AO Tennis Camps, which run Monday to Friday from 20 to 28 January.
There are also change facilities, parents’ rooms (with microwaves, change tables and comfy chairs for feeding) and pram parking around the grounds to help make your day out as seamless as possible.
What about live entertainment?
Dance the day (or night) away to some of the country’s hottest musicians when you buy a ground pass. Over 14 nights, the AO Live Stage will host big-name artists including Hayden James, Thelma Plum, Billy Idol, Bastille, Fatboy Slim, Matt Corby and Kate Miller-Heidke. The AO 2020 will also kick off with a Bushfire Relief concert, headlined by Jessica Mauboy, to raise money for the Red Cross bushfire appeal.
For the full line-up, visit ausopen.com/ao-live-stage
What food and drink will be available at the AO?
The food and drink offering at the Australian Open just keeps getting better with fine fare from some of the city’s culinary standouts, including Hellenic Republic, Willy’s Chicken, 400 Gradi, Rockpool, Royale Brothers and Mr Miyagi to name a few.
Those wanting a more intimate gourmet experience can book in for the AO Chef Series. Held at The Glasshouse, this year’s feast features four bespoke experiences designed by some of the world’s leading female chefs. Treat yourself to a Thai degustation menu by Duangporn (Bo) Songvisava from Michelin-starred restaurant Bo.lan in Bangkok, indulge with former MasterChef contestant turned restaurateur Sarah Todd, meet and eat with Australia’s own culinary icon Donna Hay or indulge in a feast created by Annaliese Gregory, from two-hatted Hobart restaurant Franklin.
The Australian Open also offers a range of premium hospitality experiences, including dining on court and exclusive finals dinners at some of Melbourne’s premier restaurants.