Head to Melbourne for the 2015 Australian Open    

The Australian Open will mark the start of the tennis action in 2015 – all eyes will be watching the Plexicushion arena in Melbourne park between 19th January and 1st February. It is quite a popular tournament to attend – with attendance in the past 7 events been over 600,000. This year, the Australian Open has defined its ‘heat’ policy, because of which the games will be shifted inside if the temperature crosses 40 centigrade (it will shift on a break or on the completion of an even numbered game). Under previous guidelines, there was no set temperature to trigger the extreme heat policy, with the decision left entirely to referee’s discretion

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     Wild Card Entries

The entries to watch out for are: Zhang Ze, the men’s single wildcard entry from China and Denis Kudla from the United States. In the ladies, Chang Kai-chen from Taipei is the one to watch.

Champions

The women’s champion Li Na retired due to worsening injuries in September 2014. All the other winners (Stan Wawrinka, Lukasz Kubot and Robert Lindstedt) are expected to return to reclaim their titles.

The Australian Open has various related events happening.

The Qualifying Rounds take place between 14 January to 17 January at Melbourne Park and entry is free.

The Legends event is staged between 24-30 January, getting started on the middle         Saturday of the Australian open 2015.

There are also the Junior Championships and the Wheelchair championships to watch out for.

 

Sights to visit;

The Queen Victoria Market is a great place for it is indeed the largest open air souk in the Southern Hemisphere. Your spouse and kids are sure to love it at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium as well, for it portrays the best of Southern Ocean and Antarctic underwater life.

While Melbourne has a very efficient public transport system, you might need to rent a car in case you want to visit the large shopping complexes in the outer suburbs. Rental companies such as Hertz have a good presence in Melbourne. You can choose a vehicle from a well maintained fleet of cars and add expediency to your shopping spree in the city. Driving around in a comfortable car is good option especially if you are visiting in the summer months when the day time temperature can easily cross 40 degrees and walking even short distances with a lot of shopping might be exhausting.

There are large shopping areas in Chadstone and Southland (Cheltenham) in the South-East, Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown, (about 20 minutes from the city and recently vastly expanded), Eastland (Ringwood) and Knox City in the outer East and Northland in the north and Highpoint in the west.

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