Can You See Anything From the Back Row of the Australian Open?


Yesterday, this was one of my search engine terms:

And my heart just went out for the poor soul who typed that into a search engine and came across, of all expert webpages, my humble little site.

So let me honour this lovely visitor by divulging everything there is to know about attending AO, and let quell his/her fears in one word: YES.

Yes, you can see from the back row in the Australian Open. Yes, you can see from pretty much anywhere you get seats, even the nosebleeds. Excepting Hiisense (not a favourite of mine, with a few awkward spots blocked by railings and whatnot), you are basically guaranteed a great view wherever you sit.

Don’t believe me? Allow me to show you:
Australia Day at the Australian Open 2009

That, dear friends, is the view we had from the corner of Rod Laver Arena on Australia Day, 2009. It was retirement day; when first Vika Azarenka decided to get sick halfway through kicking Serena’s ass (even extracting some profanity, we love a code violation from Alison Lang); then La Monfils couldn’t make it past bestie Simon due to a bum wrist. The final match of the day was Nadal/Gonzales, and there’s nothing a like bit of “chi chi chi, le le le” to make the nosebleeds feel as good as the box. Honestly, we saw great, and I just want to tell this lovely visitor of mine that he/she is in for a fabulous time. In fact, we were next to a little camera in that back corner, and from then on any shot on TV reminded us that it was coming from “Our Camera!”

So do yourself a favour and get over there. Or have I not explained myself clearly enough?

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7 Responses to Can You See Anything From the Back Row of the Australian Open?

  1. […] way curious what the views are from the nosebleeds, back seats and front seats at Rod Laver Arena, which we addressed last week, there’s a plethora of Melbourne/city/media/transportation related queries that are going […]

  2. Krystle says:

    haha, this is funny. I got back row tickets at RLA a couple of days ago, and I agree, you can definitely see!

  3. Sarah says:

    Haha – I just did the same search (buying tickets to the Australian Open) and really appreciated your post and photo. Thanks!

  4. Nancy says:

    Haha thanks for the article! I also googled the same thing and came across your article.

  5. Sarah says:

    Just as a follow up to say thank you and to advise anyone else who stumbles across this post.

    I did take your advice and bought tickets; Saw the Tsonga Federer match, and the Nadal Wawrinka final – Both times had tickets in row OO which is the second back row – almost as far back as you can go. Both times I could see perfectly and it was 100% worth the money to go.

    I had an amazing time. Thanks so much!

  6. But what about from the very back row? In this picture you’re still in the pricier lower half of RLA.
    Thanks, I googled that phrase too šŸ˜‰

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