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A Day at the Australian Open (SPONSORED)

Summer in Melbourne wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the Australian Open. Whilst all the top seeds are fighting it out on Rod Laver Arena, the outside courts are where the real, gritty, make or break tennis is being played. From Show Court 3 to Court 22, our visit to the Aussie Open today won’t be in the comfort of the air-conditioned stands; but instead out in the ever-changing Melbourne weather and at the ground courts of Melbourne Park.

10am: Time to catch the train into Richmond Station, with play underway in just under an hour, I’m well rested equipped with all I could need for a day outside at the Australian Open. Sunscreen, water bottle, hat, jumper (you know how Melbourne is), a few snacks and tournament schedule are all set to go.

10.30am: Arrive at Richmond Station, next to Melbourne Park. It’s a short stroll to Melbourne Park and into the Australian Open precinct to begin my day at the Tennis!

10.45am: Ticket’s are scanned and in I go to the Australian Open. I’m met by over-enthusiastic brand promoters who hand me freebies – who can’t say no to a good freebie!? It’s off to Court 6 to get catch Aussie John Millman.

11am: Seats secured and the players are out warming up. The crowd’s in a party atmosphere, Aussie John MIllman is up against Argentinian Diego Schatzman. Millman’s looking good in the warm-up and with the crowd behind him, he’s expected to progress.

12.15pm: A classic game here on Court 6! Despite dropping the first two sets, Millman fought back to win the third set 7 – 6 and push the game to a fourth set. But the Argentinian isn’t coping well with the Melbourne heat; the temperature is upwards of 38 degrees. Lucky I didn’t leave anything to chance and brought a hat. Time to head to Court 7 to see another Australian, Matthew Ebden.

2pm: Ebden played a tough game, fighting back in the third set, 6-1, to force a fourth set, but his Spanish opponent, Marcel Granollers is just too good and wins the game 6-4 in the final set. Time for lunch and a drink!

3pm: Lunch went down a treat, but now I’m hungry for some more Tennis! Sabina Lisicki is playing Petra Cetkovska. It’s sure to be a thriller!

4pm: A cool change is coming through; it’s even getting a bit chilly! Lucky I brought a jumper! Lisicki has won the first set 6-4 and bout to win the second 6-4!

4.30pm: Time to head home after a big day at the Australian Open! Lisicki wins the game in straight sets and moves through to the next round. On my way out I check the Unibet app for the odds for tonight’s big games, there’s some strong money for Lleyton Hewitt to beat James Duckworth! But it’s Lleyton’s last Australian Open and his luck is no coincidence; he’s got my backing.

This is a sponsored post presented by Unibet – thoughts & opinions are our own.

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