One of Australia’s favourite summer sporting events, the 2014 Australian Open, begins today for two weeks of sun-soaked tennis on the packed courts at Melbourne Park.

If you can’t score a ticket to the grand stands this year, try this: Melbourne Central and Nike have collaborated to set up a Rooftop Tennis Club during the Australian Open, where tennis fans can lounge in the sun and watch the action live on a big screen as well as play a round of tennis on the rooftop court.

Open throughout the duration of the tournament from January 13 to 26, there will also be food vendors operating at the pop-up tennis club. Cool off on the 30 degree days forecasted with some Handmade Ice Pop’s frozen treats, and if you’ve worked up an appetite from a round on the courts try the brioche rolls from Little Champ or some fresh corn fritters or corn on the cob from Corn Boss.

If you feel like a tennis skirt would make a welcome addition to your workout gear, Nike has also set up a pop-up shop by the courts. And with no entrance fee, the Rooftop Tennis Club will be the place to soak up the sun and settle in for a laid-back live viewing of the Australian Open action.

Melbourne Central Rooftop Tennis Club
Level 3, Melbourne Central

13 - 26 January, 2014
Daily 11am-7.30pm

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