Tennis fans and amateur players will be able to experience the Australian Open from a unique angle by joining the new Australian Open Tennis Camps.
The camps are a unique and priceless experience, giving people the chance to experience the energy and facilities of a Grand Slam venue right in the midst of the tournament. They are the first of their kind in the world.
The camps feature a high intensity training program geared towards vastly improving the participant’s tennis, while providing the chance to experience all the excitement of Australian Open 2013.
Training is complemented by an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Australian Open facilities, lunch on site, an Australian Open 2013 Player Towel and, of course, plenty of chances to catch world class tennis action.
Coaching activities will be headed by former ATP player John McCurdy and an international team of highly experienced coaches, some of whom are currently playing on the ITF Pro circuit.
Joining them will be former or current high profile Australian players including John Fitzgerald, Wayne Arthurs and Richard Fromberg (all former Australian ATP and Davis Cup players), who will hit with participants and provide them with their best playing tips.
“For someone that’s coming to the Australian Open, they can have that experience in the morning and then go to the tennis in the afternoon,” McCurdy said.
“The people that will sign up for the camps will have a love for the game, and we want them to experience being on court with someone who has played the game at the highest level and hit some balls with them and get some tips about their own game, which will hopefully add to their overall experience of the Australian Open.”
The training camp will feature high-energy footwork and movement drills, focus on tactical awareness and development, provide personalised coaching to target weaknesses, and use cutting-edge video analysis including comprehensive biomechanical appraisal.
Participants will be among the first players to use the Italian clay courts very recently installed at Melbourne Park’s new Eastern Plaza development, with the possibility of having access to a Plexicushion match court during the tournament’s second week.
With a maximum of 16 players per day, this exclusive opportunity will mean that participants get personalised guidance from the coaches. They can choose to sign up for one-day camps or two- or three-day packages, the latter being recommended to get the most out of the experience.
Visit www.tennis.com.au/tennisworld to book your place in an Australian Open Tennis Camp and also find links to special accommodation rates and Australian Open junior camps.