It’s not everyday you are in Australia to catch the Australian Open. Lucky for me, I was able to attend days six and nine of the Grand Slam.
On day six, I started my day meeting Australia’s first Bachelorette, Sam Frost, and her beau, Sasha. Upon entering Melbourne Park tennis grounds, I witnessed the following Round Two games:
Annika Beck (GER) defeat Laura Siegemund (GER)
Daniel Nestor (CAN) and Radek Stepanek (CZE) defeat Lukasz Kubot (POL) and Marian Matkowsh (POL)
Jocelyn Rae (GBR) and Anna Smith (GBR) defeat Johanna Konta (GBR) and Heather Watson (GBR)
On day nine, I watched Men’s Legends Jonas Bjorkman (SWE) and Thomas Johansson (SWE) defeat Wayne Ferreira (RSA) and Mats Wilander (SWE) in a no-pressure, rather comedic, no-ad game. Following their game, Adrian Mannerino (FRA) and Lucas Pouille (FRA) defeated Jean-Juhen Rojer (NED) and Horia Tecau (ROU) in the Men’s Doubles Quarterfinals.
Although we did not have tickets to enter Rod Laver Arena to witness the Women’s and Men’s Quarterfinals first-hand, big screens located around the tennis grounds were airing the matches. Much like sports fan gather outside Madison Square Garden to watch the NHL playoffs, we spent the rest of the afternoon gathered on the lawn outside Rod Laver with hundreds of tennis fans, celebrating Australia Day (equivalent to America’s Independance Day) and Serena Williams’ (USA) and Roger Federer’s (SUI) defeats over Maria Sharapova (RUS) and Thomas Berdych (CZE).