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The first Grand Slam of the year

January in Melbourne can be described in one phrase: world-class. Everything about the city is best of its kind during the Australian summer. It's all here: acclaimed coffee, award-magnet restaurants, cracking events, famous beaches and of course, the best tennis on the planet. This January, the biggest stars of tennis descend on Melbourne for the city's annual two-week party: The Australian Open. It's an event that the players seem to love just as much as the fans. Ask Roger Federer, who once dubbed the tournament "The Happy Slam".

Nowhere in the world is a Grand Slam tennis tournament so embedded in its host city. As a spectator, you could be sipping a flat white in a renowned coffee shop at 11am and be centre court watching Heather Watson pull a major upset by lunchtime. Or you could be exploring the city's art-covered laneways at 6pm and walk over to Rod Laver Arena to watch Andy Murray in less than an hour.

Your seat for this tennis spectacle is available and waiting. With so many playing legends, we're in a golden era of tennis and it won't be like this forever. Will the timeless Roger Federer repeat as champion? Will Andy Murray finally win after five losses in the final? Or could it be Novak Djokovic who claims the title? Who will challenge in the women's tournament without defending champion Serena Williams? Yes, The Australian Open is an annual event, but the 2018 version might just be the most intriguing one yet and you don't want to miss it.

An event of this magnitude draws an international crowd. That's why you'll want to get your flights, tickets and hotels quickly. Don't double fault by waiting! Once you've got everything booked, enjoying the city is easy! The Australian Open courts are within short walking distance to Melbourne's central business district (CBD) and the attractions that make the city world famous. Book a hotel in the CBD and you can stroll to all of the places that are so iconically Melbourne.

If there's a perfect trip to escape the UK winter, this is it. 14 hour summer days, tennis superstars and a world-class city all await! We'll see you in January.

Want to stay even longer? Take your trip up a notch by booking a package to experience the best of Victoria: dramatic coastlines, penguins, hot springs, rainforests, koalas and kangaroos. You just may see your favourite tennis player out enjoying these Australian experiences too, as many are known to travel around a bit themselves after playing.

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Opening match:
Women's final:
Men's final:
Where:
15 January
27 January
28 January
Melbourne Park
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Find out more:
From 30 GBP
13–30 January
Within Melbourne CBD
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