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Following the tennis to Melbourne

[ 0 ] November 19, 2013 |

There’s something really magical about the Australian Open tennis tournament and if you ever get the chance to go, or you happening to be touring Aus anyway – try and make it if you can.

There are numerous reasons to do tis whether or not you’re a big tennis fan. If you’re a tourist, then Melbourne offers a really unique experience for travellers; you could easily be forgiven for forgetting you’re in the southern hemisphere in this most European of all Australian cities. But if you’re a tennis fan, too; then it’s a real no-brainer.

Australian Open 2012

The Australian Open is the calendar year’s first Grand Slam event. The 2014 competition will be staged from the 13th to the 26th January, and there’s a superb line-up, most notably for the Men’s singles title.

Currently, the odds with the world’s largest gambling exchange Betfair seem to suggest it’s a three horse race between all the current Gland Slam title holders; Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and the UK’s Andy Murray. The belief seems to be that Roger Federer is something of a spent force, and that Martin del Potro is something of a make-weight. The two are somewhere around 15-1 with Betfair and could offer value.

Australian Open 2012

The great thing about tennis betting is that you can still profit from making a shrewd bet even if the selection doesn’t win as Betfair enables you to lay it back if the market moves in your favour.

Having a punt can certainly make the tournament more interesting if you’re travelling to Melbourne and don’t have much interest in tennis. Either way; January is a wonderful time of year to come here. This really is Australia’s capital of culture; truly a city with many hidden treasures including superb bars, wonderful art galleries, music venues, shops and some of the world’s best restaurants. This hidden city is a delight to explore with its myriad lanes, stairways and rooftop hideaways.

Oh yes – and then there’s the tennis; what more could you ask for!?


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About onurwaytravel: Colin has been travelling the world with his young family for the past 2 and half years. He runs a couple of websites all revolve around travel, family travel and digital nomadism. His websites include,, and now View author profile.

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