Summer in Melbourne is tennis. Beautiful summer evenings, the best tennis players on the planet, fanatical fans, plenty to see and do and have I mentioned the tennis? For two weeks in January, Melbourne has it all.

Come and be a part of this sporting festival as the household names of tennis battle it out on court. It doesn’t matter whether you cheer for Rafa, Federer, Serena or Lleyton they are all global superstars, all striving to claim the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season. Melbourne in January keeps getting bigger and better with this event as it’s main draw-card.

After a day at the Open , pop on down to the banks of the Yarra River which are alive with activities and live entertainment day and night. Open daily from 18 to 31 January, get a taste of Melbourne’s famous world-class dining and food vendors, as the pathway to the Australian Open serves up not only Grand Slam action, but incredible food and wine – right in the heart of Melbourne.

The all-new Australian Open Festival features three key areas, with one exclusively dedicated to children – Kids World – which features Nickelodeon’s giant inflatable playground, meet and greets with favourite Nickelodeon characters, the famous Nickelodeon Slime Lab, a Woolworths Kids Zone with fresh fruit frozen yoghurt and fun challenges. There is also free tennis on the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots mini-courts.

For the grown ups there’s the Woolworths café and delicious Lavazza coffee. Also try dishes from some of Melbourne’s best eateries including Mamasita, Gazi, Uncle, Gelato Messina, Combi, Organic Avenue juices, Huxtaburger and Huxtable featuring Mr Claws.

Whether you’re young or young-at-heart get out and about in Melbourne this January. There is nothing that beats the buzz and vibe of this city when the tennis rolls into town.