The Apia International is a joint tennis tournament where both the Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) compete. Formerly known as the New South Wales Open, the Apia International is one of the oldest traditions in tennis dating back to 1885.
The 2015 Apia International will take place from 11-17 January at the state-of-the-art Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Parking is available near the Centre for those who want to drive into the event.
Tickets are purchased at the box office or online. Ticket information has not yet been published but tickets are usually available from the October before the event. Keep checking the official website for more information.
At the Apia International there are several on-site activities for guest entertainment. These highlighted here are just a sampling of the many booths, activity centres, and experiences available. There will be something for every patron of any age to have fun doing.
- Twilight Concert Series: Every year the Apia International offers the Twilight Concert Series. Several popular artists entertain crowds while the excitement of the finals is building.
- Australian Tennis Museum: Tennis enthusiasts journey through the country's history and learn about favourite players like Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, and Evonne Goolagong Calwey. The Hopman Era exhibit highlights the players trained or managed by the famous Neil and Harry Hopman.
- FedEx Reliability Zone: Visitors take part in a ball-pit challenge to win prizes like autographed jerseys or can get autographs from their favourite stars.
- Kids' Interactive Zone: Enjoy several tennis-based activities created to keep kids engaged like the speed serve test, volley test, and MLC Tennis Hot Shots courts before a match.
- Kids' Day: Each year at the Apia International, kids under 16 are free one day. This day is especially crafted towards kids to introduce them to tennis and encourage continued interest through interaction with tennis stars, roving entertainers, and on-court activities.
Attractions in Sydney
While the Apia International will take up a lot of time while in Sydney, take some time to see the sights and enjoy the city. For nature lovers, there are many beaches in the area including Coogee Beach, Bondi Beach, and Bronte Beach. If you're looking for a night out on the town, consider heading to the Opera Australia at Sydney's iconic Sydney Opera House. Other attractions include the Australian National Maritime Museum, Chinese Garden of Friendship, Art Gallery of NSW, and Royal Botanic Gardens - most of them within close proximity to the many accommodation options in Sydney.
Where to Stay in Sydney
Though there are many choices for where you can stay while in Sydney, the best choice is a holiday rental. These rentals can be found all over Sydney in the heart of the city or along the beach - wherever you prefer. With lots of living space and a full kitchen, a holiday rental will make your holiday in Sydney comfortable.
Between the nail-biting, hair-raising matches, and the on-site activities, the Apia International is sure to be an exciting, fun-filled event for tennis lovers of all ages.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 6th 2014