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Australian Open Tours

In January the Riverview Team takes to Melbourne from their various holiday destinations for the annual Australian Open Tennis Tour.

First stop for the morning is usually Craigieburn Tennis Centre which is a brand new $8 million state of the art facility boasting 24 courts where we play a tournament in the first week. The surface of the courts is identical to that at Melbourne Park for the Australian Open and we were lucky enough to be the first ones to use the new courts. The boys played some practice sets in tough windy conditions which was great preparation for the rest of the season.

Following our practice sessions at Craigieburn and. after some drilling and a few sets/ tournament matches we usually head back to the hotel for dinner and bed.


 The last day after a couple of hours training which included fitness, drilling and sets/ Tournament Finals the boys jogged back to the hotel for a stretch, spa and shower before breakfast. Once recovered the boys head off to Melbourne Park to watch some of the qualifying rounds of the Australian Open. After dinner back at the hotel we were back at Melbourne Park on the new Margaret Court Arena for Fast 4 Tennis. These matches usually feature Rafael Nadal  against a past player like Mark Philippoussis, and some upancomming Junior champion like an Omar Jasika, or Alex De Minaur. Everyone really enjoys these night with the new faster format that we often use in practice matches.



The second half of the tours see training at  Carlton Gardens, we finished off the practice session each day by trying out the Fast 4 format in a few sets which is a lot of fun. Back at the Hotel the boys do a Yoga Class or gym. Following a shower and breakfast we headed to Melbourne Park to watch more qualifying action usually some young Aussies battle it out.


Mid Open we participate in a fast 4 demonstration at Melbourne park.



Riverview boys help out with a court on Kids Day which gives them the privilege of practicing on the courts that the players train on. They get presented with their Kids Day Coach shirts ready to participate in the Australian Open Kids Tennis Day. The Kids Day is a huge hit with over 25, 000 people attending, as many as 400 kids go through our court alone. The boys get to give some youngsters for their very first opportunity to play tennis. There is many star attractions on the day including Australian pop bands and  some of the world’s top tennis players. After the Kids Day we go to Centre Court to see all the action. After the big day we returned to the Hotel for dinner and a rest. 



The following day the boys enjoy a bit of a sleep in and rest before we hit the Melbourne Park Clay Centre for a training session, then on to watch some Tennis.


3rd day of the Open we played Scotch College. The boys are pumped after watching all of the tennis at the open.


4th day of the open we play Camberwell Grammar or another appropriate school like our Jesuit brothers Xavier College.



Last day the boys get up early and we are organized and packed ready to go, off to Melbourne Park for the last day we have at the Aussie Open.

a fantastic trip with many outstanding performances, memories and lessons.





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