A night at the Australian Open tennis: Federer vs. Tsonga charity match

When I was a child, summers were about tennis.

I’d be at the courts all day every day, with my neighbourhood friends hitting the balls back and forth over the net and having such a fun time.

Of an evening, I’d go around the corner to my nan’s and watch the Australian Open tennis tournament.

These were some of my best memories: kit kats, lemonade and curled up on the mattress on the lounge room floor until midnight watching our favourites battle it out.

In my dreams of world domination, I was a famous rock star, or a Grand Slam tennis champ. A lack of skills showed me that travel was the better journey for me!

We planned for our #yTraveloz road trip to pause in Melbourne for the month of January so we could wrap ourselves in the Australian Open Fever. The Aussie Open is the first grand slam of the year, and it’s been on our bucket list for as long as I can remember.

My hopes for watching a big seed game in Rod Laver arena however was not looking good. Sitting through a potential 3-4 hour tennis match with a 2 year old ain’t ever going to be a reality. We were happy to settle for just a ground court experience.

That was until Queen of Tickets contacted us with 2 passes to the Federer vs. Tsonga charity match (Federer & Friends) inside Rod Laver Arena.

Queen of Tickets is a relatively new site – a third party portal for buying and selling concert and sports tickets in Australia. People who have tickets to sell can list them on the Queen of Tickets website and they match you up with a buyer. (Great site if you want tickets to a sold out event!)

We couldn’t find a baby sitter, so I volunteered to go and take my friend Laney.

It was awesome.

We had front row seats.

Laney and me at the tennis
Laney and me at the tennis

They were so good we were sitting three seats away from Roger Federer’s wife. IT may not have been the real Aussie Open event, but it was fun and i still got to experience the power behind some of the biggest names in tennis (and cutest – hello Tsonga!)

The charity event was light-hearted and fun. The intensity of a Grand Slam game was not there, but it was great to see the two players let their skills shine while loosening up and having some fun as well.

Before the match, one of my all time faves, Pat Rafter came out to warm up with Tsonga. My other fave, Leyton Hewitt as co-host, and Rod Laver came out for a hit with Federer which was pretty special.

Leyton Hewitt Federer and Friends charity match Aussie Open (1)
Host Letyon Hewitt arrives
Federer and Friends charity match Aussie Open (2)
Hello Tsonga
Federer vs Rod Laver (2)
Two tennis greats meet: Rod Laver and Roger Federer
Federer vs Rod Laver (1)
Federer vs Rod Laver
Federer and Friends charity match Aussie Open (13)
Is this not the happiest man in tennis?
Tsonga Rod Laver Arean
Tsonga is such a powerful server

  Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (12)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (13)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (14)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (15)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (16)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (17)

Federer vs Tsonga charity match Aussie Open (18)

Federer & Friends is a charity that works to help children receive an eduction in South Africa.

Federer raised over 1 million dollars on the night. That’s amazing!

Before this event and watching Federer play, I didn’t really like him. I thought he was really smug and arrogant, but because of attending the event, I actually realized he was just shy and nervous.

He’s really a sweet guy who cares a lot about giving back and helping others. Plus, he is beautiful to watch on the court. He totally won me over.

Aussie Open fever has now hit me hard.

I’m hugely excited to embrace the next two weeks of the event in Melbourne and I’m dying to somehow get some more front row tickets. It’s just the best view in the house.

  • To learn more about the Roger Federer Foundation click here.
  • Get all the details for this years Australian Open here.

Are you a tennis fan?

Have you been to the Australian Open tennis tournament?

Caz
Caz Makepeace is the co-founder of y Travel Blog and has been traveling the world since 1997, first solo, then with her husband, and now with her two daughters. Get her free email series on the 4 best ways to reduce travel costs. Follow her on Google+

8 Comments on “A night at the Australian Open tennis: Federer vs. Tsonga charity match”

  1. I wish I was there. Those exhibition matches are fun to watch.
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  2. Amazing Caz, what an awesome experience!
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  3. Yup, the Universe never lets us down. Glad you’re having so much fun.
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  4. That ticket exchange Queen of Tickets website sounds like a good resource. I’ll have to check it out when I’m in Melbourne next month.

    It looks like you and your friend had a fun night out with some fantastic seats, so close to the court! I’ve been inside the Rod Laver Arena once and that was to see a Carole King concert (almost a lifetime ambition to see her). I was also in Melbourne in December 2012 and saw some tennis tournament with free access to the outside courts. There is little doubt that Melbourne is an amazing city if you love sporting events.
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  5. How fun! I went to the Aussie Open back in 2005. Saw an epic match between Hewitt and Nalbandian and another great one between Serena and Sharapova. It was the year Hewitt made the finals against Safin and the atmosphere was incredible. Would love to get back someday!
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    • Oh that would have been. Sadly Hewitt got knocked out yesterday in quite a big battle. We’re sad he went out so early.

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  6. What a fun event to go to and even better when you’re siting in the front row. I’d have loved to have seen Rod Laver and Roger Federer having a hit!
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