A day at the Tennis
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We decided to go along to the tennis today to see if we could get ground tickets for Melbourne Park, so that we could soak up the atmosphere of the Australian Open. We got two tickets without any problem, which gave us access to the grounds and all courts except the Rod Laver Arena, equivalent to centre court at Wimbledon. We watched part of a junior match first, before watching a legends doubles match featuring Mat Willander (famous player of the 80's). After having a walk around the RLA, we ate lunch outside, and then spotted Maria Sharapova practising on a nearby court. After this bit of excitment, we made our way to court two to watch another legends doubles match, involving the two Woodies (Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde - world no 1 mens doubles in the 90's) V. Pat Cash and Paul McNamee. It was entertaining and the two Woodies won in the end.
We later went and sat on the grass in the grounds (a bit like Henman Hill!) in front of the big screen, to watch the semi-final match between Roger Federer and Andy Roddick. It was a great atmosphere, but a quick match, as Fed pasted Roddick 3-0.