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What are your thoughts of how the Australian Open/Series ran?
Were the changes successful or unsuccessful?
e.g. schedule, court change, length of AO season and more
 

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Re: AO Evaluation

Is that you Craig Tiley?
 

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Is that you Craig Tiley?
:worship:haha thats too good.

Anyway in response to the original question, it was an awesome few weeks. The only real problem I had with it was the scheduling. It seemed as if the matches on the 1st Sunday (i think that was the day after the rain delay) that should have been on Rod Laver were on Vodafone and vice versa. Also, the people at the event wern't told what matches were being rescheduled to what court, and it was hell to find out any information.

Thats just a minor problem, other than that it was brilliant.
 

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I was originally hesitant about the changes to the qualifying schedule, but I didn't have a major problem. I'm happy to have all men on one day, but on the other days [rounds 2 and 3] perhaps we could mix the schedule around a little in terms of WTA and ATP matches, instead of having all of the men play in the first 2 matches of the day, followed by women. That caused me a few problems.

Court change is not a big deal for me, Lleyton still lost on it :p I would probably prefer them a little faster though. It is nice to see my players win sometimes, but then maybe I'm just looking for an excuse.

The new 'buy Vodafone tickets to get into vodafone' was a little crap. Although I had tickets for the first 2 days, it wasn't the same without the big section of Swedes cheering their lungs out. Granted, there was only one MD Swede, and the Swedes were still there chanting... but they were way back =(

  • Also, Frosty Fruits should not be $2.50 (?) a pop
  • Promo Parade should not be between Garnier World and Court 4 as there are always huge 'pedestrian traffic' problems.
  • Garnier World should not even be there. But I understand sponsorship is what makes the event possible. If only it could be put somewhere near the front of RLA, and issue passouts to the twits who want to line up for the duration of a womens match to get a stupid looking, crooked braid in their hair.
  • Bring back the old scoreboard near court 9 and 12!!

PS. Those Jacobs Creek guys were :drool:
 

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Vodafone ticketing was a joke, most other things were fine.
 

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Oh yeah, to add to the Frosty Fruit list of things I don't seriously care about [apart from bad hair], Grand Slam Supervisors should work on their approachability, and tone down on the hard-arsedness. Yes I mean you, Andreas. Also, the lack of a Swedish [in any form] umpire detracted from the awesomeness of the tournament.

Security need to learn some manners. Seriously, tell me of a digital camera that does not take a video, and then I will hand over my camera.I seem to complain a lot. I had a great time, really.

EDIT: Also after this years farce, glad to see one of the tournaments being moved to a different location. Hopefully they can improve where the previous tournament lacked.
 

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I was originally hesitant about the changes to the qualifying schedule, but I didn't have a major problem. I'm happy to have all men on one day, but on the other days [rounds 2 and 3] perhaps we could mix the schedule around a little in terms of WTA and ATP matches, instead of having all of the men play in the first 2 matches of the day, followed by women. That caused me a few problems.
Court change is not a big deal for me, Lleyton still lost on it :p I would probably prefer them a little faster though. It is nice to see my players win sometimes, but then maybe I'm just looking for an excuse.

The new 'buy Vodafone tickets to get into vodafone' was a little crap. Although I had tickets for the first 2 days, it wasn't the same without the big section of Swedes cheering their lungs out. Granted, there was only one MD Swede, and the Swedes were still there chanting... but they were way back =(

  • Also, Frosty Fruits should not be $2.50 (?) a pop
  • Promo Parade should not be between Garnier World and Court 4 as there are always huge 'pedestrian traffic' problems.
  • Garnier World should not even be there. But I understand sponsorship is what makes the event possible. If only it could be put somewhere near the front of RLA, and issue passouts to the twits who want to line up for the duration of a womens match to get a stupid looking, crooked braid in their hair.
  • Bring back the old scoreboard near court 9 and 12!!

PS. Those Jacobs Creek guys were :drool:
Amen to the Qualies comment... It was Bullshit After Economidis On Friday I had to wait through another 2 matches to watch Dokic. and for the final round I usually stay the whole day but I only stayed for the 1st to matches (WTA :eek:).

As for Vodaphone arena, Yes It is STUPID.. Unless It was because of the Big Screens they installed :confused:
I ended Up on the same side as most of my mates so we all moved to spare seats near each other And chanted, But two friens copped seats next to Swedes On the opposite side :lol:


Also pissed off with what those Dumb Fucking Police Kents Did to Us at Economidis vs Gonzalez :eek:
 

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Yeah the security was also useless. At the JCF/Kiefer match we had the most pathetic security guard ever. The people trying to pack into the court were blocking the view of the seated people, and even when we told the security we couldn't see, he did nothing. He also had to be told by Ferrero to kick that guy who told JCF to 'f***ing lose this game,' and the rest of the crowd until he removed him.

And I couldn't agree more about the retail promenade. Move it to the upstairs section and away from the practise courts. That way it would be so easy to get to both sets of courts. And yeah, Garnier World is a waste of space, but as Kristen says, the sponsors are important.
 

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Four words: Best Australian Open everrrrrrr. ;)
Exactly! But I must say, I'm excited to see another Maltese on the board.
 

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I third (?) the comment about Garnier World. Actually, why don't we have all the "fun" stuff (eg Garner World, retail shops) all on the one side (say, where courts 16 to 21 are now).... and then all the actual tennis stuff on the other? That will save us heaps of time walking from one end to another. :)

Just Vodafone tickets are evil - stop pretending you're giving ground pass holders a great deal (by not increasing the price) while taking away the ability to get into Vodafone.

And finally >> thanks Adelaide, it was a nice tournament. But I'm biased, and have expectations for the new one. :) It'll have a shiny new stadium which I have no idea what sort of public transport will get there! :D
 

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security was excessive, and paranoid... needless to say i'd had a nasty experience and that's only because i had a camera lens that looked big for 200mm :rolleyes:

also what's the point of setting attendance records, when it simply gets more and more crowded every year, without any improvement in facilities. we still had to roast on every outside court without shade, and there never were enough seats for food, or areas for a break (from heat exhaustion) :eek:

and yes i hated having to fight the crowds outside that garnier place! :mad:

and has anyone noticed that security around the 'stars' at practice courts was getting more and more ridiculous? was it like 5 or 6 guards to escort them, as if they would be attacked by crazy fans? people simply acted more crazy when players were so much harder to approach.
 

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I third (?) the comment about Garnier World. Actually, why don't we have all the "fun" stuff (eg Garner World, retail shops) all on the one side (say, where courts 16 to 21 are now).... and then all the actual tennis stuff on the other? That will save us heaps of time walking from one end to another. :)

Just Vodafone tickets are evil - stop pretending you're giving ground pass holders a great deal (by not increasing the price) while taking away the ability to get into Vodafone.

And finally >> thanks Adelaide, it was a nice tournament. But I'm biased, and have expectations for the new one. :) It'll have a shiny new stadium which I have no idea what sort of public transport will get there! :D
What is this always the case, of people buying tickets for vodafone and they never end up being able to attend the sessions on vodafone?

I really hope next year I can visit australia during the Aussie open of course and during summer time no doubt. he he
 

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It was a good tournament from someone who followed it online and through the TV. Cant wait till I get to go in a few years time.

Great wins from Tsonga - he was the highlight of the tournament, and it was refreshing to watch a final that didnt feature Nadal or Federer.
 

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security was excessive, and paranoid... needless to say i'd had a nasty experience and that's only because i had a camera lens that looked big for 200mm :rolleyes:

also what's the point of setting attendance records, when it simply gets more and more crowded every year, without any improvement in facilities. we still had to roast on every outside court without shade, and there never were enough seats for food, or areas for a break (from heat exhaustion) :eek:

and yes i hated having to fight the crowds outside that garnier place! :mad:

and has anyone noticed that security around the 'stars' at practice courts was getting more and more ridiculous? was it like 5 or 6 guards to escort them, as if they would be attacked by crazy fans? people simply acted more crazy when players were so much harder to approach.

Yeah I understand everything you said. Saying that, they are going to improve the facilities in the future, so thats a plus. The lack of shade is a problem, but saying that I'm always the idiot who'd prefer front row seats rather than the few shaded spots on the show courts. Would it really kill them though to put sails over at least most of the seats? They advocate being sunsmart, and instead we can't avoid getting burned. I really do understand why the need the security around the big players. They get swamped by people trying to get autographs and the like, and there comes a point where they can't do anymore, but people still expect it. Somebody needs to step in and move the crowd, so at least the security do that. And of course you never know if theres gonna be a psycho getting too close to the players or what. But saying that, what makes the tournament so special for me is how close you can get to the players personally. If they restricted fan access to players, it would make my AO experiences so much worse. So they've gotta draw a line so that it's still enjoyable but players and fans alike can both be safe. And I think they've done a decent job in that regard.
 
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