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 babysitter, so I volunteered to go and take my friend Laney.
It was awesome.
We had front row seats.
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.
Federer & Friends is a charity that works to help children receive an education 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 year’s Australian Open here.
Are you a tennis fan?
Have you been to the Australian Open tennis tournament?