This summer in Melbourne, there is something for everybody to do. From local beach hang outs to family-friendly festivities spanning across the city, it’s no wonder Melbourne is hailed the “world’s most liveable city.”
However, it’s the thriving ‘pop up’ scene that is taking the city by storm. In particular, from January 15-28, the world-renowned Melbourne park sporting precinct will place host to the Australian Open, which is well and truly in full swing.
Here at Aquila, as avid tennis fans we love to immerse ourselves in all the festivities the tournament has to offer. From food trucks and cocktail bars to centre court action at Rod Laver Arena, we’ve put together a curated list of the best places to enjoy the tennis this summer.
ROD LAVER ARENA
Where all the biggest tennis duels will be had, Rod Laver Arena is the main stage to witness tennis brilliance. Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are all in fighting form, so don’t miss out on witnessing what could be the greatest grand slam yet! Single day or night tickets are still available and can be purchased online.
Hisense Arena and Margaret Court Arena are also hosting day and evening games throughout the tournament, so be sure to check out the playing schedule for the latest updates.
What to wear
Although not a formal affair by any means, the tennis has attracted many notable names in the past few years, becoming somewhat of a fashionable affair. We recommend dressing with a smart-casual approach; think a casual shirt-chino combination, paired with a classic pair of brown monk-strap shoes.
GRAND SLAM OVAL
For the biggest buzz this tournament, head down to the Grand Slam Oval hub for a uniquely Melbourne experience. On offer is a range of food trucks, activations and lounges where patrons can go to relax and enjoy the tennis hype with friends and family; you can even spot the occasional Emirates Cabin Crew member greeting fans with comfy cushions to enjoy their tennis experience.
One of our favourite activations within the Grand Slam Oval is the Lavazza Café, a two-storey on-site café for coffee aficionados and tennis fans alike to enjoy all the action of the Australian Open with a traditional Italian coffee in hand.
What to wear
Whether you’ve planned a whole day at the tennis or you’re coming from work, the Grand Slam Oval precinct is relaxed and informal, and especially great for families. We recommend comfortable casual wear. Opt for a striped summery tee over chino shorts. Finish with a casual pair of low-top white sneakers.
What better way to enjoy the summer of tennis than with an ice-cold Aperol Spritz in hand? Club Aperol will, again, be serving up a refreshing summer to all patrons this Australian Open tournament. With a stellar line-up of local DJs on rotation and the famous ‘apertivo’ hour back again (featuring a range of Italian cheese and meats on offers), do as the Italian’s do and spend the afternoon at the tennis in true Italian style.
The Aperol Sprit clubhouse, with its luxe style and tennis-related décor, can be located at Garden Square (Melbourne Park). Game, Sunset, Match.
What to wear
Fitting within the theme of the Aperol Spritz brand (Italian; Mediterranean; summer), we recommend opting for one of our European-linen shirts for a uniquely summer-look, paired over chino shorts and finished with a classic pair of loafers; summer Italian chic.
CANADIAN CLUB RACQUET CLUB
Returning to its prime location on the hills of Birrarung Marr, the Canadian Club Racquet Club is back for more good times during this year’s Australian Open tournament. Wet the whistle with Canadian Club on tap, or fuel the belly with an abundance of food trucks from your favourite eateries, such as Hunky Dory, Biggie Smalls and Gingerboy.
The two-week pop-up will host one of the best seats in the house, with two big screens to watch and enjoy the 2018 Australian Open. A resident DJ will also be mixing tunes on most nights for those up for a little summer boogie; we honestly couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy the tennis this summer! So, go on, grab a friend and head on down to the Canadian Club Racquet Club this summer. Best of all, it’s free!
What to wear
As you’re likely to attend the Canadian Club Racquet Club either after work or on a weekend afternoon, we recommend a casual, comfortable approach. Our casual tees in white or navy teamed with a sand pair of chinos is sure-fire to setting the mood. Complete the outfit with a pair of classic boat shoes, or a comfy pair of low-top sneakers.