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
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
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
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.