The Australian Open is more than just a tournament – check out what else is on to celebrate all that is great about the sport of tennis.
AO Tennis Blitz
The AO Tennis Blitz is a series of campaigns that encourage people of all ages and abilities to pick up a racquet and have a hit. Schools, tennis clubs, communities and individuals are invited to get involved and “play the Australian Open”. The AO Tennis Blitz also rewards the top 256 tennis towns in Australia with a player who will represent them at Australian Open 2015 [128 men and 128 women]. Every person that registers to take part in the AO Tennis Blitz earns points for their nominated town and the more points a town earns, the greater their chance of securing a higher ranked player. You can “play the Australian Open” through events such as Win a Wildcard, Hit the Target and The Great Tennis-Tacular; find out more at tennis.com.au.
Kids Tennis Day presented by Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants and Dora the Explorer will join the world’s best players and entertainers in serving up a whole lot of family fun! Bring the kids down to Melbourne Park on the Saturday before Australian Open 2015 (17 January) and they will have more chances than ever to have a hit and get “court up”. And of course Nickelodeon will be bringing more SLIME than you can poke a racquet at! There will be more exciting updates closer to the event, so make sure you check back soon. Get your tickets from 8 October 2014 via ticketek.com.au.
The qualifying rounds are held at Melbourne Park from Wednesday 14 to Saturday 17 January 2015. Entry is free with gates opening at 9:30 am each day. This event is also live-streamed with broadcast and commentary on ausopen.com including crosses to the official draw on Friday 16 January.
The Legends event is staged on 24-30 January, getting underway on the middle Saturday of Australian Open 2015. Stay tuned as we begin to reveal the many beloved tennis icons that will grace the courts at Melbourne Park for this exciting event.
The Australian Open 2015 Junior Championships are held on 24–31 January. This tournament is open to both Australian and international athletes and includes singles and doubles events. Both the junior boys’ and girls’ singles finals will be played at Rod Laver Arena on Saturday 31 January from 1 pm. A ground pass will provide access to these finals.
The Australian Open Wheelchair Championships returns for Australian Open 2015 and features eight of the world’s top men, eight of the world’s top women and four of the world’s top quad players. The event starts on 28 January and finishes with the men’s, women’s and quad singles finals on 31 January.