One of the things I love about Summer in Australia is the international tennis tournaments that are hosted in various cities throughout our country. The grand slam tournament, The Australian Open is on in Melbourne in mid January, but prior to that major event there are many lead up tournaments. One such tournament is the Brisbane International.
I have attended the Brisbane International every year since it began and I must say it is up there with one of the best days entertainment that I have ever had. It is as simple as getting on a train, which is free of charge, from the Gold Coast to the Queensland Tennis Centre at Tennyson. Tennis at Tennyson – makes perfect sense!
The Brisbane International has continued to attract some of the big names in tennis such as Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Kei Nishikori, Maria Sharapova, Leighton Hewitt, Victoria Azarenka and Grigor Dimitrov to name a few. The opportunity to watch these international tennis players from a spectator point of view in a fantastic sports stadium is a real thrill. Sometimes you even get to queue up after their games to get a photo and an autograph!
The day for us started off with a photo op in front of Pat Rafter Arena and a coffee fix before we ambled around the outside courts to see who was practicing and also to check out the food outlets before entering the stadium.
Once inside the stadium this is what it looks like:
The schedule on the day we attended comprised of three singles matches including Angelique Kerber, Maria Sharapova and our own home grown Aussie player, Sam Groth. Inbetween matches you can wander around outside where there are plenty of things happening, particularly in the courtyard.
A day at the tennis would not be complete without a nice refreshing drink of Pimms.
In the meantime back to the tennis! Here are some action shots of the players we saw
The last match of the day for us was a very close contest between Aussie Sam Groth and Polish player Lukasz Kubot. We shouted and barracked at the top of our voices to spur our local boy on. Fortunately our efforts paid off and Sam Groth won the match and you know what? He acknowledged our encouragement with a huge fist pump in the air after he completed the close tussle. We were chuffed!
I thoroughly recommend the Brisbane International as a wonderful day’s entertainment. Make sure you check it out next year!
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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merry christmas 2017