3 Unimportant Things I Learned At The Aussie Open

I’m not a big sports fan, but when I was offered the opportunity to travel to Melbourne and attend the Australian Open, I obviously couldn’t say no. As someone who knows very little about tennis, this was an interesting travel experience because I really had a different perspective on my surroundings, compared to the average fan. Here are 3 unimportant observations I made while watching the tennis at The Aussie Open:

Tennis is Dramatic

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Tennis is probably my new favourite sport because it’s really like watching a soap opera. There was screaming and temper tantrums, and that was just in the first hour! One of my favourite moments was watching Daria Gavrilova have a total meltdown on court, kicking balls, yelling at her coach/family and throwing her racket. I thought I was watching The Real Housewives.

Tennis is Dangerous

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Tennis is actually really dangerous… for the fans! During my time in Melbourne many fans were seriously injured in the arena, falling down slippery stairs and having medical emergencies in the stands. On our first night, we were at the Keys vs Ivanovic match when Ivanovic’s coach went into cardiac arrest and fell down the stairs, suspending the match. Luckily help arrived and once he became stable in the hospital, they resumed playing.

Ball Kids Are Slaves

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During my time at the Aussie Open I couldn’t help but notice that the ball kids are exactly like house elves. They run around. They do all the work. They touch gross sweaty towels. And no one shows them any gratitude. I almost threw my sock on the court to free them.

Despite all these observations, or maybe because of them, I really enjoyed watching the tennis at The Aussie Open. By the end of the weekend even this lay tennis-fan was cheering, “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!”

Have you been to the Aussie Open? Tell me about your ridiculous observations in the comment section below.

 

 

11 Comments Add yours

  1. I haven’t been to the Australian Open but have attended Wimbledon several times!

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  2. Globetrotter says:

    I was at the Australian Open a few years ago. What an amazing venue! Thanks for posting!

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  3. Anisa says:

    I really want to go to the Australian Open. I live in NYC so I go to the US Open every year and it’s always a great time – you never know what you will see! I prefer to go during the early rounds during the day when you can see top players up close and personal at the smaller courts.

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  4. Wow, I never guessed it would be so fun to attend a tennis match. For me, watching tennis on TV has always been about as entertaining as watching a NASCAR race…which is not fun. Maybe that’s because they don’t show the fans’ medical emergencies.

    If you go to another major tennis match, you should make a point of throwing your socks on the court. I want to see if it makes international news 😀

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    1. Jessica Lim says:

      I hate watching sports on TV but always find it interesting to go to the venues and see behind the scenes haha.

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  5. Very amusing observations! I visited the Australian Open last year and it was such a fun experience to watch it live – your neck gets such a work out!

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  6. libish says:

    I used to live in Melbourne and enjoyed going to the Aus Open every summer. It was one of my favourite events in the sporting calendar, not just because I like tennis but because there was always a lively and friendly atmosphere.

    I agree with you re: the ballkids though. It’s a way the tournament saves a bit of cash (i.e. by not hiring full pay adults), though it’s also nice to get kids involved in the tennis. Every year, there’s always a high volume of kids applying to be one and generally, they all enjoy the experience.

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  7. Cate says:

    I enjoyed your post. I haven’t been to the Australian Open but watched a lot of it on TV – it’s the only sport I watch. I went to Wimbledon in 2014 and that was amazing. Have a look at my blog about it!

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  8. A very entertaining post and brought a smile to my face! 🙂

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  9. Adam says:

    Actually I am a huge tennis fan and I wish I could be there. But yes – those 3 points are super accurate 🙂

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  10. tk1208 says:

    I love tennis!! Thanks for the like on the blog. I’m gonna follow to see your adventures going forward 🙂

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