Garden Square is the popular spot for families, featuring tennis on the big screen, roving entertainers, MLC Tennis Hot Shots, the Tennis Australia information booth and Wilson racquet stringers.
MLC Tennis Hot Shots
The MLC Tennis Hot Shots Hill at Garden Square is a great place for families to play on the mini courts and learn about Tennis Australia’s starter program for kids aged five to 12. Located near the city entrance, these mini courts are free for all patrons to sample the modified tennis. The program gets kids quickly learning to serve, rally and score in a format that is fun and appropriate to their developmental needs. Local tennis coaches will put children through their paces at Margaret Court Arena prior to the start of the first day session match on the first eight days of the tournament.
MLC Autograph Island
Autograph Island is located at the MLC Tennis Hot Shots Hill alongside the mini courts. Autograph Island provides fans with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet their favourite tennis players up close and obtain their autographs during the first eight days of the tournament.
Australian Tennis Magazine booth
Visit the Australian Tennis Magazine booth which is located in Garden Square underneath the large scoreboard next to Margaret Court Arena and purchase a copy of the exclusive poster magazine or highly-sought after back issues. Explore the customised Australian Tennis Magazine iPad app and enquire about the special Australian Open subscription offer.
Wilson racquet stringers
Wilson racquet stringers are the unsung heroes of the Australian Open, working around the clock to ensure more than 500 players have their equipment in perfect nick. Watch the stringing service through the windows and interact with the stringers.
30 NOV: The Australian Open is synonymous with summer, and to celebrate both, the AO ice-cream van will be handing out free ice-creams all over Melbourne in the lead up to Australian Open 2013.