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Who is going?

Kat!
11-17-2008, 09:59 PM
YAY the forum is open :yeah:

Since I live in Brisbane, even if none of my favourites are coming I'll end up at the tournament somehow.... :devil:

Anyone else?

Via
11-22-2008, 11:08 PM
YAY the forum is open :yeah:

Since I live in Brisbane, even if none of my favourites are coming I'll end up at the tournament somehow.... :devil:

Anyone else?

i am :bounce:

though the field here is looking ominously like sydney's. so i'll feel like travelling with the circus for two weeks :lol:

krystlel
11-23-2008, 12:28 PM
I am, probably on Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. I live in Brisbane, as well.

Kat!
11-23-2008, 12:49 PM
i am :bounce:

though the field here is looking ominously like sydney's. so i'll feel like travelling with the circus for two weeks :lol:

:wavey: :lol: What about AO?

Only a few weeks to go now! I hope the transport will be ok (or they have free parking - am I dreaming?) otherwise I still have no idea how to get there!

Via
11-26-2008, 09:51 PM
:wavey: :lol: What about AO?

Only a few weeks to go now! I hope the transport will be ok (or they have free parking - am I dreaming?) otherwise I still have no idea how to get there!

:wavey: no i'm going to give the AO a miss this year! the last two years the crowds had been growing so much, and with that heat, it just felt like hell :devil:

though i've heard that summer in brisbane can also be very hot. but do i have to prepare for 40+ deg??

isn't the venue near some train station? i'll be staying ... :secret: well somewhere closer to the city.

Kat!
11-27-2008, 11:07 AM
:wavey: no i'm going to give the AO a miss this year! the last two years the crowds had been growing so much, and with that heat, it just felt like hell :devil:

though i've heard that summer in brisbane can also be very hot. but do i have to prepare for 40+ deg??

isn't the venue near some train station? i'll be staying ... :secret: well somewhere closer to the city.

hmmm I actually don't think it's as hot as Melbourne, at least this year it wasn't. The past years I haven't been around. :devil:

But I don't really live near a train station (a 10 min drive?) and the Brisbane train system isn't that good? Don't want to be stranded somewhere!

Via
11-27-2008, 09:19 PM
hmmm I actually don't think it's as hot as Melbourne, at least this year it wasn't. The past years I haven't been around. :devil:

But I don't really live near a train station (a 10 min drive?) and the Brisbane train system isn't that good? Don't want to be stranded somewhere!

i don't live near a train station either, though it's close to the city. i drive anyway to homebush every year. changing buses and trains just takes too long. sydney transport is pretty hopeless.

well let's hope that brisbane trains are dependable if not anything else! when it's a strange place i take whatever i get, i won't realise it's slow or whatever. by the time i do, i'd be gone.

Kat!
12-01-2008, 12:41 PM
i don't live near a train station either, though it's close to the city. i drive anyway to homebush every year. changing buses and trains just takes too long. sydney transport is pretty hopeless.

well let's hope that brisbane trains are dependable if not anything else! when it's a strange place i take whatever i get, i won't realise it's slow or whatever. by the time i do, i'd be gone.


I just found this link: http://www.brisbaneinsummer.com.au/MajorEvents/Tennis/

No public parking will available during the event and the use of public transport is highly recommended.

:rolleyes: Grrrrrr. This is annoying. I would hate leaving my car at the train station all day, especially if I have to go to night matches...

Via
12-03-2008, 10:07 PM
I just found this link: http://www.brisbaneinsummer.com.au/MajorEvents/Tennis/

No public parking will available during the event and the use of public transport is highly recommended.

:rolleyes: Grrrrrr. This is annoying. I would hate leaving my car at the train station all day, especially if I have to go to night matches...

thanks for the link!

so they forgot to build a car park. maybe there's parking a few blocks away? of course they won't encourage you to disturb the neighbours :o

Kat!
12-09-2008, 10:09 AM
Good news for visitors! I just got this in the newsletter today :)

Tennis Fans Travel For Free

Tennis fans will travel free to Brisbane’s newest sporting event.

A deal has been struck today with the Translink Transit Authority to offer free public transport for Brisbane International tournament ticketholders.

Via
12-09-2008, 10:04 PM
Good news for visitors! I just got this in the newsletter today :)

:rocker2: nice

Via
12-20-2008, 09:56 PM
does anyone know that they are selling courtside box seats to the public? fallout from the financial crisis hitting tennis, i guess :scratch:

Kat!
12-21-2008, 09:55 PM
does anyone know that they are selling courtside box seats to the public? fallout from the financial crisis hitting tennis, i guess :scratch:

ohhh the prices for the early days aren't too bad.... I thought the final was sold out but there're still a few tickets left...

I haven't got any tickets yet, have you Via? Apparantly I'm going to be volunteering in "Technology" (is that what you've done in the past???) but I have no idea what's happening... it's only 3 shifts so not too fuzzed, and shouldn't affect too much on my other "fangirl" duties!!! :D

Via
12-24-2008, 09:10 PM
oh yes i have two tickets for two days. in case i need to seek shelter with a reserved seat, i think :lol:

yes technology was what i did in sydney! only 3 shifts?? that's lucky. with all volunteering we got to the stage where we either did 5+, or don't bother! it was popular, i don't understand why. the uniform's ugly, and (for technology) we had a tiny bunker for a rest area.

so make sure you have time left for fangirling! :)

swedes_rule
12-26-2008, 06:21 AM
Im coming!! Im a fellow brisbane-ite :D
I dont actually know anyone coming though - my only friends in brisbane that like tennis are either away elsewhere on holidays or went and got married last week and will be on their honeymoon. pfft!

donno if any of you have checked out the website recently but there is now parking going to be available at the golf club across the road - 15$ per session. im thinking this is much better than public transport cos im going to be there from 9am to the end of the night session :lol:

krystlel
12-26-2008, 06:45 AM
That's really expensive though, in comparison to the free public transport. Although public transport would be a bit of a hassle having to change buses/trains at some point to get there.

swedes_rule
12-28-2008, 05:46 AM
just got home from a trip out to tennyson to check it out and it was FANTASTIC :D
there were already players there practicing!! and rafter arena was all open so you could go in and sit and watch!!!
i cant wait till next week!!!!

Puschkin
12-28-2008, 09:38 AM
just got home from a trip out to tennyson to check it out and it was FANTASTIC :D there were already players there practicing!!

Who???

swedes_rule
12-28-2008, 10:38 AM
mainly women unfortunately :( there were only two guys and i didnt actually know who they were...
it was fun anyway though! lol

Kat!
12-29-2008, 12:09 PM
Yeah, the transport issue sucks. I was thinking of driving to the city then catch public transport there. But parking in the city area still costs at least $10 a day, but I guess it's better than leaving my car at the local train station.

I'm going tomorrow afternoon - can't wait to check out the facilities!!

Via
12-29-2008, 09:33 PM
i'm counting on the hotel people to tell me how to get there. i have a licence to look dumb. :p

that's great, as the first tournament of the year (even earlier than doha and chennai, officially) players arrive early and more relaxed. hope you'll have some luck spotting stars, kat!

Kat!
01-01-2009, 03:23 AM
After the trip to the centre yesterday I have to say it's actually a bit smaller than I had thought. They probably concentrated on building a greater number of courts, rather than create more room for people to move around. I'm not sure what the official "measurements" are, but size-wise, it's nothing compared to Sydney, and even Adelaide. If anyone plans to get practice photos you'll be disappointed because there's no space for spectators in between most of the practice courts, so you can only see them behind a fence!

Also, everything seems to be cramped, and on one side it's directly looking at a power station! They really should've made more space for what they're trying to build. The centre court itself is good, you can probably get a good view even from the back rows.

That aside I didn't stay long but saw Gasquet practicising with Stepanek on centre court, also Nieminen with Melzer outside. (Heaps more women were practicising, except for Hantchuhova and Safarova I didn't know who the rest of them were!)

swedes_rule
01-01-2009, 09:44 AM
yeah i was pretty disappointed with those things too when i went out there. and also the fact that the website made the two outside show courts sound like they were totaly under cover, but its just the court thats undercover, not the stands. and the stands arnt even real stands, they're temporary seats put up on the court next door!

also the brisbane river is pretty revolting to look at and i could even smell it from some parts of the tennis center so that wasnt great either.

i was pretty impressed with the center court though. i walked up to the back row and could still see fine and it wasnt really hot in there at all - it actually had a nice breeze. im heading out there tomorrow for the grand opening ceremony thing and then ill work out if ill hang around after i find out how hot it is. today was ridiculous!!!

Via
01-01-2009, 09:33 PM
:worship: thanks for the reports
After the trip to the centre yesterday I have to say it's actually a bit smaller than I had thought. They probably concentrated on building a greater number of courts, rather than create more room for people to move around. I'm not sure what the official "measurements" are, but size-wise, it's nothing compared to Sydney, and even Adelaide. If anyone plans to get practice photos you'll be disappointed because there's no space for spectators in between most of the practice courts, so you can only see them behind a fence!
:eek: :fiery:

well at least i won't probably complain about having to walk too much :rolleyes: nice arrangements for retirees from the coast :devil:

Also, everything seems to be cramped, and on one side it's directly looking at a power station! They really should've made more space for what they're trying to build. The centre court itself is good, you can probably get a good view even from the back rows.


that reminds me, it would be similar if they'd move the aus open to glebe island, new south wales, as suggested some time last year :devil:

yeah i was pretty disappointed with those things too when i went out there. and also the fact that the website made the two outside show courts sound like they were totaly under cover, but its just the court thats undercover, not the stands. and the stands arnt even real stands, they're temporary seats put up on the court next door!

also the brisbane river is pretty revolting to look at and i could even smell it from some parts of the tennis center so that wasnt great either.

i was pretty impressed with the center court though. i walked up to the back row and could still see fine and it wasnt really hot in there at all - it actually had a nice breeze. im heading out there tomorrow for the grand opening ceremony thing and then ill work out if ill hang around after i find out how hot it is. today was ridiculous!!!

:rolleyes: all these don't sound too appealing. stands aren't really stands? so much for the newest state-of-technology tennis centre. at least now i'm prepared mentally! lol i'll be there on saturday. but i heard the draw will be made in the city centre??

btw does any one know if there are internet cafes around south bank?

jitterbug
01-02-2009, 03:24 AM
Can you guys get photos of Gulbis, please? :p would be ever so grateful.

krystlel
01-02-2009, 05:33 AM
It's kind of annoying how the players get to play under shade covers, while we have to be fully exposed to the sun. There aren't a lot of seats at all on both show courts, only on one side. Hopefully it won't get filled up too quickly, but I get the feeling it will be. There are going to be far more people buying grounds passes than the number of total seats allocated considering its cheap price so there's the chance of people (like me) not being able to watch anything.

The centre court is very nice, though. It's not large at all, although it looks less impressive as soon as someone sits right in front blocking my view.

jmf07
01-02-2009, 06:06 AM
I will probably go on Tuesday and Wednesday. Disappointing about all the stuff that has been mentioned although as long as I get to see the tennis I will be happy.

swedes_rule
01-02-2009, 06:14 AM
here are my photos from the grand opening of centre court... i actually CANT STAND rafter (REALLY cant stand him) but the opening ceremony was a bit of fun.

you dont need to have facebook to view them, just click the link :)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=69178&l=20520&id=649836296

krystlel
01-02-2009, 06:33 AM
I forgot to mention: what's with the show courts not having scoreboards on them (and subsequently not player names on them)? That's just ridiculous, and I'd like to see this rectified when the main draw starts.

azza
01-02-2009, 07:13 AM
c'mon q draw

jitterbug
01-02-2009, 08:28 AM
here are my photos from the grand opening of centre court... i actually CANT STAND rafter (REALLY cant stand him) but the opening ceremony was a bit of fun.

you dont need to have facebook to view them, just click the link :)

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=69178&l=20520&id=649836296

Thanks :)

swedes_rule
01-02-2009, 08:51 AM
no probs :)

Kat!
01-02-2009, 11:53 AM
well at least i won't probably complain about having to walk too much :rolleyes: nice arrangements for retirees from the coast :devil:

Ohhh yes, for those who're sick of walking around in the sun, this is perfect! There is only really one side you need to concentrate on, and I'm sure there'll be heaps of kiddies standing around the front of the centre court (where the players come out etc) and that part is shaded! :worship:


:rolleyes: all these don't sound too appealing. stands aren't really stands? so much for the newest state-of-technology tennis centre. at least now i'm prepared mentally! lol i'll be there on saturday. but i heard the draw will be made in the city centre??

I agree with krystlel too here, there's going to be way too many ppl and the stands just won't fit them all. On the first few days if they put matches on the "other courts" (non-show courts, crt 14 & 16???) those courts don't even have seats! Kinda reminds me of Adelaide :lol:

Yeah the draw will be made tomorrow at noon at Queen St Mall. I was planning to go except I forgot that I was rostered on Saturday!

btw does any one know if there are internet cafes around south bank?

Can't remember any off the top of my head, southbank is really, two streets where there's activity and the rest is pretty quiet. There may be a computer at the convenience store??? but best bet is the CBD anyway....

swedes_rule
01-02-2009, 10:29 PM
not sure if anyone is interested, but the officials are being extremely helpful.

i got ridiculously sunburnt yesterday and was considering not going today. then i decided to ring them and ask if/when robin/magnus were practising today. they told me they'll be on court 5 at 11am and centre court at 6pm. how cool is that? now i know it will be worth going cos ill see them :)

djokovic
01-03-2009, 08:20 AM
I just decided to go tomorrow, does anyone know can I buy the ticket when I get there or have to buy before online? Thanks

djokovic
01-03-2009, 08:21 AM
By the way, anyone know who is playing in centre count tomorrow?

jitterbug
01-03-2009, 08:22 AM
Dunno about onsite, but if you buy online Ticketek will email you the e-ticket, so you don't need to collect it or whatever.

Here's the OOP for tomorrow: http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/op1.pdf

Centre court: Kirilenko vs Stosur, Gasquet vs Gicquel and Bartoli vs Wejnert.

djokovic
01-03-2009, 08:35 AM
I do not have a printer at home.

swedes_rule
01-03-2009, 10:35 AM
those of you who are robin fans and who have seen the complex will be EXTREMELY PISSED OFF like i am right now.
tomorrow he is scheduled to play on court 10, which is one of those TERRIBLE PRACTICE courts that you can only see through a fence - YET QUALIFYING is happening on show courts 1 and 2 because they're AUSSIES. RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

krystlel
01-03-2009, 11:14 AM
those of you who are robin fans and who have seen the complex will be EXTREMELY PISSED OFF like i am right now.
tomorrow he is scheduled to play on court 10, which is one of those TERRIBLE PRACTICE courts that you can only see through a fence - YET QUALIFYING is happening on show courts 1 and 2 because they're AUSSIES. RIDICULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm not going tomorrow but I saw the schedule and was thinking the same thing. The Querrey-Soderling match looks like the most interesting match of the day in my opinion. If it was me, I'd schedule it where the Ginepri-Benneteau match is.

hope11
01-03-2009, 09:38 PM
Hi I have tickets in section 106 row BB. Does anyone know if that is a 2nd row seat or a 28th row seat? I know at the Australian Open that the double letters are higher up but I bought these as soon as they went on sale and it doesn't look like 28 rows of seats could fit in section 106. I guess I am just curious. Thanks!

swedes_rule
01-03-2009, 10:07 PM
Im pretty sure thats second row - the stadium isnt big enough to go through the entire alphabet more than once :) should be a great view!

swedes_rule
01-03-2009, 10:08 PM
I'm not going tomorrow but I saw the schedule and was thinking the same thing. The Querrey-Soderling match looks like the most interesting match of the day in my opinion. If it was me, I'd schedule it where the Ginepri-Benneteau match is.



Ill still be going to it, dressed head to foot in swedish gear, but im not going to enjoy the match. and knowing robin, he'll be so pissed about the court that he'll play crap :(

jitterbug
01-04-2009, 05:06 AM
They're putting Soderling vs Querrey on Centre Court, where it deserves to be, I think :) I hope you managed to get in, swedes_rule.

swedes_rule
01-04-2009, 09:30 AM
They're putting Soderling vs Querrey on Centre Court, where it deserves to be, I think :) I hope you managed to get in, swedes_rule.


Hey, Thanks :)

I actually did, and I owe MASSIVE thanks to the fangirl who helped me out. Once I found out they were moving it to centre court (AGREED thats where it should have been all along!!!) i stood at a door and randomly asked people if they were leaving. almost everyone ignored me, a few people said no and finally one girl said "yes i am" and i asked to buy her ticket. she ended up actually just giving it to me for free which i thought was REALLY nice and her mum gave kat hers. maybe the entire swedish outfit gave away how much i wanted to be there :lol:

kat, you missed an awesome match, i hope you got to see ancic in the end :) all the kids in the row infront of us ended up joining in my cheering, despite them not knowing which one was soderling :lol: and after he won he looked up at us and waved and gave us thumbs up, HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!

Kat!
01-04-2009, 11:54 AM
kat, you missed an awesome match, i hope you got to see ancic in the end :) all the kids in the row infront of us ended up joining in my cheering, despite them not knowing which one was soderling :lol: and after he won he looked up at us and waved and gave us thumbs up, HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!

That sounds like fun! I should've came back then! But yes - I did eventually see Mario (gah, can't say I'm not dedicated - long story...) hahahahahah I'm glad Robin appreciated your cheering ;)

djokovic
01-05-2009, 09:24 AM
I cannot believe they put Djokovic on the day time, I am not going to pay $40 to see Taonga tomorrow night.

Bingerz
01-05-2009, 10:21 AM
Yeh im going...I'm seeing mens semis, so with any luck i should be in for some decent tennis

Via
01-07-2009, 08:02 AM
i've been back home for a day now... it's been nice meeting kat and 'swedes_rule' (i hope you've survived the sun!) :)

i'm not hating the outside courts that much after all. one gets used to it. and there's one thing - i never had trouble finding some shade around the grounds. the centre court is great, love the roof. and the fabric seats in the corporate boxes.

of course they can always find a way to put some real seats at courts that host matches... but we've been through this already and i don't want to be going on and on... :o

swedes_rule
01-08-2009, 10:22 AM
i've been back home for a day now... it's been nice meeting kat and 'swedes_rule' (i hope you've survived the sun!) :)

i'm not hating the outside courts that much after all. one gets used to it. and there's one thing - i never had trouble finding some shade around the grounds. the centre court is great, love the roof. and the fabric seats in the corporate boxes.

of course they can always find a way to put some real seats at courts that host matches... but we've been through this already and i don't want to be going on and on... :o


my sunburn is going brown - woohoo! :lol: it was nice meeting you too :)
i still dont like the outside courts..maybe next year? lol