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Aussie Summer 2006 (tournaments now have their own boards!)

Kat!
09-27-2005, 12:02 PM
I'm wishing there can be a tournament specific thread sooner.... ;) but seen as though tickets are selling in a couple of days time...

http://www.australianopen.com/pages/image.aspx?assetId=RDM38622.4212460185

hrm... I'm a little concerned about these new indoor courts for practice.... :rolleyes:

http://www.australianopen.com/pages/article.aspx?id=15&articleid=ArticleID2005926115812&pageId=140&HandlerId=1

Australian Open 2006 - Bring It On!

‘Bring It On!’ was the message at the launch today of Australian Open 2006, with the eagerly anticipated tickets for the Grand Slam tournament going on sale on Thursday 29 September.

Patrons in 2006 will benefit from a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the Melbourne Park site which will take spectator access and comfort to new heights at this international sporting festival.

Among the major improvements will be the replacement and upgrading of all 15,000 seats in Rod Laver Arena in a $3.3 million refurbishment of the main Arena by the venue’s operators, Melbourne & Olympics Parks Trust.
Other major upgrades include the construction of a new City Entrance which patrons will access along the Australian Open Champions Walk which celebrates the rich history of the Grand Slam tournament at Melbourne Park.
Players will be able to utilise the new Indoor Hall on the site which will be used during the tournament for practice and stretching, with the changing rooms near the existing indoor courts also being upgraded.

“The Australian Open Centenary in 2005 raised the bar to new levels of excitement and entertainment at the Grand Slam of Asia/Pacific,” said Tennis Australia President, Geoff Pollard.

“Thanks to investment by Tennis Australia, and a multi-million dollar investment by Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, 2006 promises to make that experience even better for the hundreds of thousands of patrons who come along each year to enjoy this two week festival of colour, music and great tennis.

“If you enjoyed 2005, you’re going to love Australian Open 2006,” said Pollard.

Over 500 of the sport’s top players will converge on Melbourne Park in Janaury to vie for the prestigious title of Grand Slam champion and a record prizepool of AUD$19.3 million – one of the biggest in world sport – with the men’s and women’s winners picking up AUD$1,220,000 each.

Sunday evening on the middle weekend will see the introduction of a new night session giving visitors another reason to attend the tennis on this hugely popular weekend which last year set a world record for a tennis event with over 60,000 visitors through the gates on the Saturday.


Back will be the prime time night final for the men’s singles which proved a hugely successful introduction in 2005, attracting the largest TV audience in Australia since the Sydney Olympics in 2000. Also returning will be the night feature matches on Margaret Court Arena on the first six evenings for Ground Pass ticket holders.

And adding to the entertainment for visitors will be some of Australia’s top bands performing on stage in Garden Square in the break between the day and night sessions which proved an additional drawcard for fans looking for a great day out when introduced during the Centenary last year.

Feature concerts will also be held on the final weekend - following the women’s singles final on the Saturday, and prior to the start of men’s night final on the Sunday.

(I won't post the whole article, it's way too long... just click the link above)

bad gambler
09-27-2005, 12:04 PM
I'm not going next year :sobbing:

pravda
09-27-2005, 12:07 PM
Why isn't Federer on the poster? Surely you could have stuck his head in there somewhere... he's the best in the world

williaer
09-27-2005, 12:09 PM
yeah... the ad campaign for tickets has started too.
im looking forward to going... and working there next year!

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-27-2005, 12:10 PM
Cause he was not in the finals or the winner, Molik is on cause she's aussi.

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-27-2005, 12:11 PM
Why is there not a countdown like last year?:sad:

Kristen
09-27-2005, 12:15 PM
I'm not the only one wondering where these extra courts are supposed to go, right?
I mean, I know they have the 4 existing courts inside (behind that little fan-zone / racquet tent area) but where might the others go. Hmm... curious.

Don't worry too much. Like me, you like the slightly crappier players, and I guess these courts will prob go to the likes of Federer/Hewitt etc...if they're not training off-site. Who knows. Not long to go! I've even started fixing up the contents of the "Aussie Tournaments" msn site :lol:

Kat!
09-27-2005, 12:22 PM
Don't worry too much. Like me, you like the slightly crappier players, and I guess these courts will prob go to the likes of Federer/Hewitt etc...if they're not training off-site. Who knows. Not long to go! I've even started fixing up the contents of the "Aussie Tournaments" msn site :lol:


You have a point there. :p but if all the players people want to see are practicising indoors..... all the others who normally don't get as much attention, will be mobbed. Well, not "mobbed" - but some distractions are needed!

pravda
09-27-2005, 01:54 PM
I just read that this year's Australian Open Final between Safin & Hewitt was the highest rating television program in Australia this year, out of every program!
Just goes to show there are so many tennis fans out there, yet so little free to air tennis on :sad:
Even the French Open and most of the US Open were not even on free to air. Good to see ABC stepping up with their weekly highlights though, even if they are quite old now.

Adman
09-27-2005, 02:21 PM
I am waiting for the tournaments in Europe when I can get to the easily.
Such as the French and Wimbledon also Queens, I really enjoy Queen's.

Kristen
09-27-2005, 02:43 PM
You have a point there. :p but if all the players people want to see are practicising indoors..... all the others who normally don't get as much attention, will be mobbed. Well, not "mobbed" - but some distractions are needed!
Ahh yeah! Like in Adelaide, when Lleyton or Reid or some Aussie I don't support, was signing autographs, and the other 50 people at the tournament went to do the fanfest thing! :lol: I ♥ Adelaide! Must try the noodles this year, and maybe they will sell what they advertise at the tournament! It may not be wimbledon, but eating strawberries at a tennis event is just SO classy :tape:

~EMiLiTA~
09-27-2005, 02:48 PM
ohhh this is making me excited!!!

this year i saw some random players at the inside courts too so i don't think they're only reserved for top players...that sucks for spectators though

TheMightyFed
09-27-2005, 03:46 PM
With Serena and Safin, it's "Bring it on to the hospital !" ;)

landoud
09-27-2005, 04:03 PM
too early to start this thread... but whatever.... bring it on

Rex
09-27-2005, 04:36 PM
i agree a little too early to start this thread-------but you know yeh bring it on.

Kristen
09-27-2005, 04:52 PM
Rex, you left one of my favourites out of your signature. His name is Nieminen.

There is a little hype (well, for us fans, and for everyone who received the brochure recently, giving information on ticket prices) so this will probably last a little while and die down again in a big way, when the TMS' are on.

And *~Kat, I agree with your LJ comment...it would be just marvellous if the Adelaide list could come out earlier :lol: then again, those people think PimPim is going, so they might be useless :) :wavey: bed time for me!

ae wowww
09-27-2005, 05:04 PM
Not at all too early to start... Don't be stupid !

Via
09-28-2005, 01:02 AM
Ahh yeah! Like in Adelaide, when Lleyton or Reid or some Aussie I don't support, was signing autographs, and the other 50 people at the tournament went to do the fanfest thing! :lol: I ♥ Adelaide! Must try the noodles this year, and maybe they will sell what they advertise at the tournament! It may not be wimbledon, but eating strawberries at a tennis event is just SO classy :tape:

i love adelaide. i've been missing it. i won't miss melbourne much. there are too many people in melbourne, and too much walking to do, for my aging bones :lol: besides like you guys are saying, they are hiding too many players in practice courts which are not publicly accessible.

i'll be waiting for entry lists to come out :)

btw the sydney tournament has sent out forms for reserving seats too. but i never bother with those because you can't choose seats using those forms. and it isn't like sydney tickets sell as fast as melbourne's. and oh, i'm going to refuse their offer for the privilege of volunteering 6 shifts of my precious time too, lol

~EMiLiTA~
09-28-2005, 03:44 AM
well for some ppl it may be too early...but since we get like no tennis in aus, it is exciting when aus open stuff finally starts to resurrect itself again

megadeth
09-28-2005, 03:55 AM
even if she's aussie, molik's not deserving to be in that poster...

i agree if fed's not there, but it should be the last year's finalists at least.... not molik... ugh!

Ferrero Forever
09-28-2005, 10:08 AM
I can't wait, I hope to be going to qualies and quite a few days of play. Ground passes have gone up to $27, but it will be the best $27 I've ever spent. God the suspense is gonna kill me. I've had a taste and I want MORE

Peta Pan
09-28-2005, 10:24 AM
even if she's aussie, molik's not deserving to be in that poster...

i agree if fed's not there, but it should be the last year's finalists at least.... not molik... ugh!
Alicia has EVERY right to be on that poster. The promoters would have been looking to put each of last years winners on it as well as the top male and top female Aussie. Seems logical to me!

Alicia rocks, leave her alone!

Oh yeah yay AO. I'm not quite at excitement stage yet, it's still a bit far off and I still have too much organising to do (which is a bit bizarre when I live in Melbourne already :p)

Ferrero Forever
09-28-2005, 10:52 AM
how can you not be excited, it's the Australian Open lol

Daniel
09-28-2005, 11:04 AM
Go Myskina :hearts: and Federer :hug: :smooch:

Kristen
09-28-2005, 11:27 AM
Never fear JL... I am going to encourage Peta to live vicariously through me in my preparations for Adelaide, etc...so she'll be looking forward to it in no time at all...

(Prob having AFL/Ashes withdrawls or something? :tape: )

I'm currently taking a look at digital cameras available, to take to the tennis... Prob going to buy a fuji one... I dunno what I'm doing really. A geek on tv once said that optical zooms should be high, that digital was less important than Optical. Might have to find the camera thread and bring it back...

Via
09-29-2005, 01:30 AM
try this page for camera reviews: http://www.dcresource.com/

i'm heading back to honka's soon and will get a new camera there! :woohoo:

Ferrero Forever
09-29-2005, 07:02 AM
Never fear JL... I am going to encourage Peta to live vicariously through me in my preparations for Adelaide, etc...so she'll be looking forward to it in no time at all...

(Prob having AFL/Ashes withdrawls or something? :tape: )

I'm currently taking a look at digital cameras available, to take to the tennis... Prob going to buy a fuji one... I dunno what I'm doing really. A geek on tv once said that optical zooms should be high, that digital was less important than Optical. Might have to find the camera thread and bring it back...
make sure you do that Kristen, and my camera produced excellent results last year so it deserves to come with me again (that is when my mum wasn't taking ass photos of Gaudio, and he's one of my favourites too so I would have liked a nice photo) I CANT WAIT!!!

Kristen
09-29-2005, 07:36 AM
:lol: ass photos!!! :haha:
I've narrowed it down to either a fuji finepixs3500, s5500 or Minolta DiMage Z20.
Thanks for the link Via!! :yeah:

Kat!
09-29-2005, 11:19 AM
Just a quick clarification - I used the title "Bring it on" because that's the slogan.... not the fact that I'm all *that* excited about it lol..... actually I agree with what Via said about Melbourne - the crowds and too much walking is tempting me to skip AO this year.

Anyway... looool about the new camera, at least we won't have the same one this time cos I already bought mine! :D I was so tempted to get the 12x optical zoom but didn't because it was a bit too pricey for something being used in one month of the year lol.

Kristen
09-29-2005, 02:44 PM
:lol: Yeah, I double checked with Peta, as to what one she has... things are looking good (original) this time around :D

Via
09-30-2005, 12:17 AM
so what (digital) cameras do you all have?

i've been tempted by michelleg for too long... (in a good way! lol) so i've got my mind fixed on a panasonic lumix zoom. it's just a matter of which one. the ones that you've mentioned kristen do not have a stabiliser to prevent shaky hands on long zoom... esther doesn't seem to have any trouble without, hehe... at her age... but looks like i'll need it.

Via
09-30-2005, 12:19 AM
it's spring now in aus but there isn't much to do until summer comes. so i'd say bring it on too. when you're looking forward, it isn't that far away!

williaer
09-30-2005, 12:58 AM
im getting pretty pumped up for the AO! because im working there, i get to hang in the underground tunnels, and i can go into the players lounge. armed with my camera, it'll be fantastic!

Ferrero Forever
09-30-2005, 06:49 AM
hey can someone please tell me when the dates for qualifying is? I'm already saving my money for ground passes!

Experimentee
09-30-2005, 04:09 PM
Ground passes $27? :eek: :mad:
It wont stop me from buying loads of ground passes tho :lol:

JL, the qualifying starts on the Thursday before the main draw starts, and goes until Saturday. Not sure of the actual date, but you should be able to calculate.

Peta Pan
09-30-2005, 05:11 PM
hey can someone please tell me when the dates for qualifying is? I'm already saving my money for ground passes!
The first day of qualifying is on January 12 :)

$27 ground passes... they may have gone up in price $2 but they are still the best value ticket in Australian sport :yeah:

Via
10-01-2005, 01:38 AM
im getting pretty pumped up for the AO! because im working there, i get to hang in the underground tunnels, and i can go into the players lounge. armed with my camera, it'll be fantastic!

what kind of work can get you into players lounge with a camera? :aplot:

Billabong
10-01-2005, 03:04 AM
I LOVE the Aus Open:)

Kat!
10-01-2005, 08:01 AM
:drool: Panasonic Lumix with 12x optical and image stabiliser.... :drool: was very close to splurging on that ..... but did eventually controlled myself and got a more reasonably priced one (http://www.kodak.com/eknec/PageQuerier.jhtml?pq-path=6547&pq-locale=en_AU). Had mixed results on its first outing, the first 20 odd photos were crap but eventually got used to it >>>> so now I'm pretty happy with it (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v498/lamfung/100_0013.jpg)!!!


hmmm didn't know about this price rise re ground passes..... :rolleyes: $27 is a bit of an odd number....

Smankyou
10-01-2005, 09:10 AM
too early to start this thread... but whatever.... bring it on
Don't spoil it for us. The Australians are excited.

Kat!
10-02-2005, 10:27 AM
Quick question - has anyone signed up for the Australian Open membership? :scratch:

I wonder what the "VIP" lounge is...

https://www.australianopen.com/pages/default.aspx?id=15&PageID=9758

Peta Pan
10-02-2005, 11:41 AM
so what (digital) cameras do you all have?
This is my camera: the Olympus Camedia c-765 Ultra Zoom (http://www.olympusimaging.com.au/servlet/ContentServer?productpage=Overview&cid=1085553154819&pagename=Olympus%2FPage%2FProducts&context=Products%2CDigital+Cameras%2CSports+%26+Ou tdoor%2CC-765+Ultra+Zoom&productId=1086589186972&sectionId=1085025989222#)

The only thing I don't love about it is that sometimes it can take it's time adjusting focus when your subject moves. But other than that I love the zoom and I love all it's other little picture features.

Via
10-03-2005, 12:11 AM
yeah my current camera is also an olympus i think is the predessesor of yours peta.

think your problem is the same for most digital cameras unless it's a digital slr or something. by the time you focus on that moving player on the court, he's off somewhere out of focus, right? :)

the latest panasonic cameras claim they have improved the focus speed and that's another reason why i want to try one.

kat - don't know about the vip lounge but i guess the 'vip's are those who pay for using it, not any celebrities that we might think of, hehe

.... michael buble??????????? :eek: well at least he doesn't bounce around the stage to ruin your pics ;)

Kat!
10-03-2005, 02:18 PM
kat - don't know about the vip lounge but i guess the 'vip's are those who pay for using it, not any celebrities that we might think of, hehe

.... michael buble??????????? :eek: well at least he doesn't bounce around the stage to ruin your pics ;)


yeah you're probably right about the lounge, although I wouldn't mind some place to relax (with air con!) to escape from the heat.... and the crowds! (actually if they provide some refreshments that would even be better! lol)

actually.... I think that's the only decent pic I took during the whole concert :smash: better than nothing i suppose.

Kat!
10-05-2005, 02:23 PM
thought this might be interesting for anyone planning to go to Sydney next year :D

Nadal and Hewitt for Medibank Sydney International

October 5, Sydney - Boasting two of the most powerful archrivals in tennis, the Medibank International 2006 officially launched today, unveiling an array of exciting new initiatives designed to entertain fans both on and off the court.

Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal will headline Sydney’s only true international sporting event from January 8-14 at the International Tennis Centre, Sydney Olympic Park, igniting the 2006 Australian summer tennis season.


The week of fierce men’s and women’s competition will determine Sydney’s King and Queen of tennis. The Medibank International 2006 will feature a high-quality player line-up including a number of top ranked women from the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

The event has also been boosted by the announcement today of a three-year naming rights sponsorship deal with leading health insurance provider, Medibank Private.

“While the Medibank International is already one of Australia’s leading tennis events, Tennis NSW, Tennis Australia and IMG are committed to making the Medibank International one of Australia’s premiere international sporting events,” said Medibank International 2006 Tournament Director, Craig Watson. “We’re excited this year to announce a range of new initiatives that will further promote its unique identity; fun, vibrant and accessible.”

With the expectations of a high quality women’s field, the Medibank International has introduced a Friday night women’s final. This will be the first time in Australia that a women’s final will be at night, enabling audiences – particularly corporate groups – to make a night out of the fiercely-fought women’s title.

In order to expand the event’s appeal to locals and Sydney’s families, a host of ‘family-friendly’ initiatives have also been introduced including new ticket pricing, offering families a discount of up to 20 per cent.

The off-court action is sure to keep fans entertained with three specifically themed entertainment days to boost off-court attractions and expand the buzz created by the top-quality play seen at the Medibank International. These include ‘Kids Day’, ‘Family Day’ and ‘Ladies Day’. The Starlight Foundation has teamed up with event organisers to run ‘Family Day’ with a host of activities to appeal to parents and children alike.

The Medibank International is a prestigious tournament in its own right, but it is also the most important event on the ‘Road to the Australian Open’.

This is borne out by the fact that the Medibank International is the only non-Grand Slam event in Australia showcasing so many of the world's best men and women players side by side, and is sanctioned by the ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

“The Medibank International 2006 will be bigger and better than ever before, introducing a new look and feel, which will excite players and fans alike,” said Mr Watson.

“Whilst we are mindful of the event’s heritage as one of the oldest sporting events in the world, spanning back to 1885, this year we are aiming to take it into the future with high calibre players and exciting new initiatives. We truly believe the Medibank International 2006 will be the best yet.”

ClaycourtaZzZz.
10-05-2005, 02:37 PM
How many days to go?
:D:yeah: BRING IT ON!!!

ClaycourtaZzZz.
10-05-2005, 02:44 PM
Does it start on the 16th?

Then it's 103 days to go:yeah:

Kristen
10-05-2005, 02:46 PM
The event has also been boosted by the announcement today of a three-year naming rights sponsorship deal with leading health insurance provider, Medibank Private.hehe... I remember when it changed names, my first thought was... does that company still exist?! "You've got to...eeeeliminate the negatives, and don't mess with Mr-In-Between" Medibank...does it have a jingle? "N-I-B we've got the cover for you!"
“The Medibank International 2006 will be bigger and better than ever before, introducing a new look and feel, which will excite players and fans alike,” said Mr Watson. Bring back Court 1, I say! :D

Kat!
10-05-2005, 02:59 PM
Bring back Court 1, I say! :D


what happened to court 1?? :confused:

Kristen
10-05-2005, 03:03 PM
what happened to court 1?? :confused:

It's still there... but, they had big stands with lots of seating around it a couple of years back. :D

Via
10-06-2005, 01:02 AM
they realised there were some bad bounces on court 1 in 2004... the surface was poorly laid when built in 2000 for the olympics... and i guess because of the substantial expense to replace it, they hadn't done so in 2005! it's a joke really!

thanks for the article, kat :yeah:

i can't imagine more family-friendly than what it has been... more kids running about :rolleyes:

and a tournament with a new 'look & feel' ??? how does that help? ahhh that reminds me of the website, which badly needs improvement.

Kristine
10-06-2005, 04:34 AM
I can't wait for the AO to start - my friend and I just recieved our tickets in the mail yesterday. Series package for the first week.... I believe Row B. I'm assuming it's close - hoping very much so!!

Rafa = Fed Killa
10-06-2005, 06:01 AM
Rafa vs. Fed Final....Bring it on!!!!

Action Jackson
10-06-2005, 07:14 AM
http://www.abc.net.au/sport/content/200510/s1476113.htm

Federer, Roddick, Agassi for Kooyong Classic

World number one Roger Federer and Americans Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi have been confirmed to play at Melbourne's Kooyong Classic in the lead-up to January's Australian Open.

Organisers announced the majority of their eight-man field for the exhibition event to be played on Kooyong's hard court from January 11-14.

Federer, this year's Wimbledon and US Open champion, won the Kooyong tournament last January, while Agassi is making his ninth appearance.

Tournament director Colin Stubs said Argentinian David Nalbandian (ranked 12), compatriot Guillermo Coria (6) and German Tommy Haas (45) would also play in the event.

Stubs said negotiations were proceeding with Russian Australian Open champion Marat Safin (ranked 8), Frenchman Richard Gasquet (12) and American Taylor Dent (24) for the two remaining spots in the draw.

-AFP

williaer
10-06-2005, 09:28 AM
what kind of work can get you into players lounge with a camera? :aplot:
court services :D
i have to like prepare courts for play, with drinks, towels, ice vests etc. and i get to watch any match i want and can go anywhere in the tournament.

it's gonna ROOOOOOOOOOCK :rocker2:

ClaycourtaZzZz.
10-06-2005, 09:45 AM
102 days to go.

Via
10-07-2005, 12:28 AM
court services :D
i have to like prepare courts for play, with drinks, towels, ice vests etc. and i get to watch any match i want and can go anywhere in the tournament.

it's gonna ROOOOOOOOOOCK :rocker2:

really? so generous of the aussie open then. a similar volunteering job at sydney would not allow you to go anywhere... least of all, players lounge! besides, cameras are not officially allowed to be carried on the job at sydney. yeah you can hide one and take pics while you are out on the grounds when hardly anyone's watching you, but indoors.... nah

Kat!
10-07-2005, 01:53 AM
really? so generous of the aussie open then. a similar volunteering job at sydney would not allow you to go anywhere... least of all, players lounge! besides, cameras are not officially allowed to be carried on the job at sydney. yeah you can hide one and take pics while you are out on the grounds when hardly anyone's watching you, but indoors.... nah


You would think that the rules are even stricter for a grand slam tournament right.... LOL, maybe there's so many people around that it can't be "policed" as much.... ;)

margaret_gn
10-07-2005, 02:52 AM
Via did you volunteer in January at the Sydney tournament? cos I did put my name down, but in the end I only ended up doing one day volunteering and 5 days coming as a spectator :D (i thought it would be too much of a temptation seeing people taking pictures/talking to players everywhere while us volunteers weren't allowed to!). This was spectator services though, I assume 'Court Services' even for Sydney would have to allow you in the players' tunnel etc to get to the courts!

williaer
10-07-2005, 11:12 AM
really? so generous of the aussie open then. a similar volunteering job at sydney would not allow you to go anywhere... least of all, players lounge! besides, cameras are not officially allowed to be carried on the job at sydney. yeah you can hide one and take pics while you are out on the grounds when hardly anyone's watching you, but indoors.... nah

yeah, im gonna have to be really sneaky about the camera inside. outside, it should be fine. but its not allowed. im not even volunteering... i get paid! the court services lounge is next to the players lounge, and across the hall from the coaches office, so ill get to see heaps of the "big names". camera, or no camera... i'll still be seeing it ;)

im pumped

AgassiDomination
10-07-2005, 04:13 PM
OMG I CANT WAIT!!!!!!!! SAFIN V AGASSI FINAL WHOOOO!!!

Via
10-08-2005, 01:40 AM
yeah, im gonna have to be really sneaky about the camera inside. outside, it should be fine. but its not allowed. im not even volunteering... i get paid! the court services lounge is next to the players lounge, and across the hall from the coaches office, so ill get to see heaps of the "big names". camera, or no camera... i'll still be seeing it ;)

im pumped

i've always suspected that paul mcnamee is a better boss!! lol

if i got honestly paid at sydney, i guess i wouldn't whinge so much... you work more, do more, get paid more for time and effort. don't have to fuss about the awful staff catering, or not getting free parking at the nearest car park. can always pay for those out of the earnings, fair enough.

well lucky you! have a great time :)

Via
10-08-2005, 01:55 AM
Via did you volunteer in January at the Sydney tournament? cos I did put my name down, but in the end I only ended up doing one day volunteering and 5 days coming as a spectator :D (i thought it would be too much of a temptation seeing people taking pictures/talking to players everywhere while us volunteers weren't allowed to!). This was spectator services though, I assume 'Court Services' even for Sydney would have to allow you in the players' tunnel etc to get to the courts!

:eek::eek::eek: don't tell me that you used the volunteer pass to go in and just watch the tennis!!! urgghhh you cheat ;) ;)

surely they can't be asking you back next year???

i was in technical service for 3 years. i did get to use the tunnel, coz how else could you get onto centre court? i don't see that as a privilege though, it's not like there were players hanging out in the tunnel :lol:

technical service used to be based inside the complex next to the stringers, so that was more interesting. last year we got moved out to a bunker outside... lot less comfortable, and even less 'star gazing'.

the good thing about that job was that you got to watch matches courtside, sitting down. but you had to focus so hard on the points, it felt more like work anyway.

Via
10-08-2005, 01:59 AM
You would think that the rules are even stricter for a grand slam tournament right.... LOL, maybe there's so many people around that it can't be "policed" as much.... ;)

now you know... if you look at margaret and williaer... it's how much you can get away with! lol

Kat!
10-08-2005, 02:13 AM
now you know... if you look at margaret and williaer... it's how much you can get away with! lol


ahh yes... just as I thought! ;)

margaret_gn
10-08-2005, 02:28 AM
:eek::eek::eek: don't tell me that you used the volunteer pass to go in and just watch the tennis!!! urgghhh you cheat ;) ;)

surely they can't be asking you back next year???


:lol: no, I didn't use the volunteer's pass to get in free,
cos on:
Friday, it was quallies so it was free anyway
Saturday, as above
Sunday, got a free ticket for volunteering
Monday, got a free ticket from aust tennis mag
Tuesday, volunteered
Wednesday, kids day, so i got in free as i'm a tennis nsw member

:) i didn't actually get the volunteer's pass until the tuesday anyway so couldn't use it before then.

i don't think they ask volunteers to come back anyway, i'm pretty sure you just put your name down if you wanna do it again.

Kat!
10-09-2005, 05:11 PM
Just wanted to mention that the 2006 tournaments have their own board now! :yeah:

Via
10-10-2005, 11:30 PM
:lol: no, I didn't use the volunteer's pass to get in free,
cos on:
Friday, it was quallies so it was free anyway
Saturday, as above
Sunday, got a free ticket for volunteering
Monday, got a free ticket from aust tennis mag
Tuesday, volunteered
Wednesday, kids day, so i got in free as i'm a tennis nsw member

:) i didn't actually get the volunteer's pass until the tuesday anyway so couldn't use it before then.

i don't think they ask volunteers to come back anyway, i'm pretty sure you just put your name down if you wanna do it again.

hehe thanks for the tips, not likely that i'll get free tickets next january the same way, but handy to know anyway :)

:eek: you don't mean, you don't get the letter from tennis nsw to ask you sign up as volunteer again in 2006? :lol: :devil: :p

yes yes yes i'll be back at the aussie threads proper after this last one, thanks kat!

margaret_gn
10-10-2005, 11:38 PM
:eek: you don't mean, you don't get the letter from tennis nsw to ask you sign up as volunteer again in 2006? :lol: :devil: :p

:lol: no I didn't... I'm not surprised :p

~EMiLiTA~
10-11-2005, 09:39 AM
is this where we can talk about hopman cup too? cos i heard federer and safin were both coming...

Action Jackson
10-11-2005, 09:42 AM
All the rumours flying around about who is going where, this should be fun.

I can't wait for the Entry Lists to come out, then the adventures can be planned in greater detail.

Damita
10-11-2005, 10:19 AM
is this where we can talk about hopman cup too? cos i heard federer and safin were both coming...
I don't know about Fed but Safin probably won't come this time. His official website says he wants to start the season with a regular tournament instead of playing an exhibition.

Kat!
10-11-2005, 11:51 AM
yeah i just wish the entry lists would come out sooner! But I see someone posted a thread on Hopman Cup - seems like Marat will be there.