Tips for 'Acing It' at the Australian Open
Heading to the Australian Open is an annual summer treat for people from all over the world. It’s a chance to see some legends in action while taking it easy for hours on end, glued to our seats as a small ball is belted across a net.
The Epworth team has asked some seasoned tennis fans to share their tips to make sure your Grand Slam experience is as smooth as a Federer backhand. Here’s a couple of our top recommendations.
Ok, ok, we know it’s an obvious one, but we have to start with it: get your sun smart self a hat and some sunscreen. It’s the middle of Melbourne summer and as most of us know, those UV rays aren’t mucking around, especially in venues with little shade. If you forget your sunscreen, you can buy some at the Australian Open shops and merch stands. In a real pinch, they’ll be happy to supply some SPF assistance at the first aid stands too.
Hydrate and no, booze doesn’t count. It’s vital that you drink plenty of water while you sit and watch the stars sweating it out. It can be an easy one to forget when you’re absorbed in a match, G&T on hand, but trust us, sneaky dehydration is a sure way to ruin your experience. Watch your alcohol intake over the day and invest in a funky water bottle so you can keep sipping throughout. (just make sure it isn’t made of glass!).
Credit: Tennis Australia
Check your ticket, then check it again. Another obvious sounding tip, but you have no idea how many people turn up to Melbourne Park and heard to the Rod Laver arena when they’ve actually booked to watch a match at the Melbourne arena (formerly Hisense). There’s already miles of walking to be done during a day at the tennis. Who needs a dash from one massive venue to another?
Pack a lunch - but not in an esky or a hamper. Australian Open staff are pretty strict on what you can and can’t bring in, so give their list of banned items a quick look over before you set off for the day. Packing lunch and a few snacks can be a great way to save money and keep your blood sugars steady over the course of a long day. According to the Victorian Government’s Better Health Channel, eating smaller, cold meals regularly is a good way to reduce your risk of heat stroke, too.
Feel like traipsing around with a lunch box might cramp your style a bit? Hit up some of the amazing food available at each of the venues. From modern Mexican to Asian fusion, you may well forget you’re at the tennis and mistake your surroundings for a food festival. Fans can enjoy high tea in an English setting, a New York hot dog, or kick back with a glass of bubbly in a Parisian-style cafe.
While Serena may be raging her way around the court, you can chill, knowing a day at the tennis is entertaining, awe-inspiring and relaxing. Remember, the endurance test is meant to happen on the court - not in the stands.
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