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Old 09-20-2007, 10:22 AM   #1
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my parents are paying for me and a friend to go to the aus open with championship packages. its the best 18th birthday present ever but i dont wanna decide on someone so i was wondering if anyone knows if i can split the sessions up between friends or if its one person has to go to all the sessions?
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:06 PM   #2
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Yeah, that is some 18th birthday pressie! You lucky thing.

Anyways, I can tell you my experience, since I've just been to this year's USO for the 1st time....and it was a fantastic experience. I didn't go with the packages but I'm assuming it works the same way! I got individual tickets, as many as I could get for the 1st week.

As far as I know, as long as you or any of your friends have the ticket for that particular session, you can get in, since it was my hubby who bought my tickets through his credit card, so his name is on the tickets! As well as that, I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful couple who offered me their spare ticket to get into Ashe for one of Rafa's night sessions (it was my last night there and I didn't have a ticket) so naturally, it was their name that was one that ticket! But they let me in!

All they do, when you go through the main gates, is scan the ticket and the same if it's for a night session in Ashe. There's just way too many people for them to ask each person if they are the name on the ticket and ask for ID! So, you can take any friend, as long as you each have a ticket for that day and that particular session.

The only thing I would check up on though is....if it's your parents who are buying the tickets and through their credit card and I'm presuming you would be picking them up at the 'Will Call For' window....their name would be on the tickets. USO policy is that it must be the credit card holder and who bought the tickets, who must pick them up and produce ID, along with the credit card.

My hubby came with me the 1st day and I was able to get all my tickets for the rest of the week, so that wasn't a prob. You may have to contact them to make sure you're able to pick up your tickets when you get there, if your parents aren't going with you.

Hope that helps. And you really will have a great time.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:15 PM   #3
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Yeah, that is some 18th birthday pressie! You lucky thing.

Anyways, I can tell you my experience, since I've just been to this year's USO for the 1st time....and it was a fantastic experience. I didn't go with the packages but I'm assuming it works the same way! I got individual tickets, as many as I could get for the 1st week.

As far as I know, as long as you or any of your friends have the ticket for that particular session, you can get in, since it was my hubby who bought my tickets through his credit card, so his name is on the tickets! As well as that, I was fortunate enough to meet a wonderful couple who offered me their spare ticket to get into Ashe for one of Rafa's night sessions (it was my last night there and I didn't have a ticket) so naturally, it was their name that was one that ticket! But they let me in!

All they do, when you go through the main gates, is scan the ticket and the same if it's for a night session in Ashe. There's just way too many people for them to ask each person if they are the name on the ticket and ask for ID! So, you can take any friend, as long as you each have a ticket for that day and that particular session.

The only thing I would check up on though is....if it's your parents who are buying the tickets and through their credit card and I'm presuming you would be picking them up at the 'Will Call For' window....their name would be on the tickets. USO policy is that it must be the credit card holder and who bought the tickets, who must pick them up and produce ID, along with the credit card.

My hubby came with me the 1st day and I was able to get all my tickets for the rest of the week, so that wasn't a prob. You may have to contact them to make sure you're able to pick up your tickets when you get there, if your parents aren't going with you.

Hope that helps. And you really will have a great time.
yeh thanks for all the info actually whats happening is my parents are going to some place near melbourne to renew there wedding vows to celebrate there 20th annerversary. We got some family friends near melbourne so the whole family will be there but they dont like tennis much so just me going to the open and some friends if they are aloud. Anyway that musta been cool for ya to go to the us open especially watching a player like nadal. thanks for ya help
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:38 PM   #4
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Oh, oh, oh, I am so sorry, I'm such a klutz. I'm just after reading your original post again and see that it's the Australian Open you're talking about! I just quickly read that as the US Open, instead of the Aus Open! I should've realised, with your Aus flag beside your name! You must've been wondering, why the heck am I telling you about the US Open! Guess I was just so excited by my experience, I wanted to help a fellow tennis fan.

Sorry then, I'm not sure if it works the same way. But I would imagine it would be something similar. You could get in touch with them direct though, to be sure.

But yeah, it was really cool to get seeing Rafa play live and to get seeing him practice. Again, apologies for my misunderstanding.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:41 PM   #5
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im guessing it would thanks for ya help but um u got a brittish flag so y didnt u go to wimbledon instead?
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my parents are paying for me and a friend to go to the aus open with championship packages. its the best 18th birthday present ever but i dont wanna decide on someone so i was wondering if anyone knows if i can split the sessions up between friends or if its one person has to go to all the sessions?
I don't think it matters. If you're booking over the internet and picking the tickets up at Melbourne Park, then all you need to do is take the credit card that you booked them with in order to pick them up. From what I remember (2006), they don't check names when you go through the turnstiles.

Personally, I don't think the Championship package is worth it - unless you like paying lots of money for women's tennis (I didn't think it worth paying any for the final and seeing Henin pulled out after 9 games I'm glad I skipped it) - and it's gone up a lot this year. If you prefer watching men's, then you might be better off just getting single session tickets for the big men's matches.
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I don't think it matters. If you're booking over the internet and picking the tickets up at Melbourne Park, then all you need to do is take the credit card that you booked them with in order to pick them up. From what I remember (2006), they don't check names when you go through the turnstiles.
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Yep, I'm under the British flag but I live in N Ireland. So actually, it was just as economical, if not more so, to go to New York to see the USO than it was to go to Wimby! London is expensive, along with flights and, on top of that, Wimby tickets! Not to mention, Wimby has a different system in ticketing, in that the poorer fan (me) has to queue for your tickets! And not to mention, of course, the greater possibility of getting rained out!! So, I am sooooooooooo glad I didn't decide to go to Wimby this year!

Plus, when we had our vacation booked to the Big Apple, it was thought my good tennis buddy from the States was going to be able to join me but sadly, it wasn't meant to be and she couldn't make it. But I had a great time, none the less and made a lot of new friends.

Funny thing is, when I got talking to them and telling them my tale and how this was my 1st Slam experience, I was told I should go to the Aus Open, cus it was known as the 'friendly Open'! So you never know! Only thing is....I'm not a great flyer! Don't know that I could be in a plane that long! I was only too glad when we finally touched down at Newark Airport.
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