Australian Open 2013 Date and Guide
The tennis tournament circuit for the year kicks off with the Australian Open 2013, scheduled to be held in Melbourne, Australia from January 14-27, 2013. It is the first and most exciting of the four Grand Slam tournaments on the calendar each year.
The wonderful adrenalin-pumping experience of courtside tickets in both the Rod Laver and HiSense arenas at Melbourne Park are topped off with an exploration of the city of Melbourne in the languid summer.
Planning for this trip revolves around the important tournament dates and choosing from amongst the best nearby places to stay in Melbourne, so that you can make the most of your trip down under while not missing any of the important matches.
Match Schedule and Date
The first singles rounds of the Australian Open 2013 will kick off on Monday, January 14, 2013 at 11 am simultaneously in both arenas and the outside courts. The stands are likely to be packed full on the first day, and with good reason. Everyone wants to soak in the electric atmosphere, and these matches are well worth the ticket price.
The singles rounds continue everyday all the way to Jan 21, after which all the dates right up to Jan 27 are when the action heats up and should not be missed. The quarter-final singles will be held on Jan 22 and 23 (Tues and Wed). The first men’s singles semi-final and the second women’s semi-final take place on Jan 24. The next day, Jan 25 has the first men’s semi-final along with the women’s doubles final and the mixed doubles semi-final.
The last weekend will be absolute pandemonium, as the stands are again packed full and people tune in from all over the world on television to watch the tennis finals and the award ceremonies. On Saturday, Jan 26, 2013, the women’s singles final and the men’s doubles final will be held. On Sunday, the Australian Open 2013 wraps up with the men’s singles final and the mixed doubles final.
It is important to go through this tournament schedule and all the match dates here, because it can be used to plan the trip. The simple and most memorable tour will be a two-week trip from Jan 14-27, 2013. Those who cannot afford to take such a long holiday can book a shorter one-week tour from Jan 22-27, 2013. This will include the quarter-finals, semis and the finals.
Any matches you miss can usually be seen on ESPN, including live and taped coverage and match highlights. If you are in Australia, you can watch the matches live on Channel 7, and you can also see match highlights on the Australian Open’s official website. But television coverage doesn’t come anywhere close to capturing the tension and raw energy that electrifies Melbourne Park. This won’t be an ordinary holiday in Melbourne, and neither is it just any other tennis tournament. There’s something about the city, the crowd and the courts which brings out the best in the players.
Australian Open 2012 Highlights Recap
The 2012 men’s final between defending champ Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal was an epic contest – the longest Grand Slam final in history at almost 6 hours, and finally won by Novak Djokovic.
The women’s singles matches were among the most keenly fought over right from day 1, as all four top seeds had the chance to get the world’s No.1 ranking if they won the Australian Open 2013. Ultimately, Victoria Azarenka from Belarus bulldozed over Maria Sharapova in straight sets to win the finals, her first Grand Slam title and the No.1 ranking in women’s tennis.
Places to Stay in Melbourne
As for selecting the best choice from all the places to stay in Melbourne, you can make this decision in two ways. You can shortlist hotels overlooking the Yarra River and closest to the Rod Laver Arena and Melbourne Park. Choose one that matches your preferences and budget. The other way would be to choose one of the official player hotels. The advantage is that you might get to hang-out with your favorite tennis players and VIPs, or at least meet them in person. Either way, you are likely to end up at one of the handful of prominent hotels within 3-5 minutes of Melbourne Park such as the Grand Hyatt, Hilton on the Park, and the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins.
Things to Do in Melbourne
You also do not want to miss out on getting to know this great city and its people. Discover the Southbank restaurants and the boardwalk markets by the beach in St. Kilda. See the world’s largest screen gallery in Federation Square and the largest stained glass ceiling in the world at NGV International.
The highlight of the trip, of course, will be the Australian Open 2013 tennis matches in Melbourne Park and perhaps a cricket match at the nearby MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground). The magnificent MCG is the biggest stadium in Australia and is well worth a visit even if you have absolutely no clue about cricket. The Rod Laver and Hisense arenas are about 5 minutes from the MCG, so you can just hop over before or after a tennis match for a look-see.
Don’t forget the Australian Open 2013 dates (Jan 14 to Jan 27, 2013), and remember that all the good places to stay in Melbourne will be sold out months in advance. If you do not make plans right now and book your tickets right away, you might end up watching the matches and match highlights on television.
You might find our Melbourne City Guide useful during your visit to the Australian Open 2013.