January is an exciting month for Tennis lovers in Perth, Western Australia. Held annually at the Perth Arena, the Hopman Cup is an important lead up to the Australian Open Grand Slam tournament attended by world’s best tennis players such as Serena Williams, Roger Rederer, Novac Djokovic and many more. The tournament’s line up this year comprises one of the strongest fields in the event’s history. 10 current top 40 players, 3 Grand Slam singles and doubles champions are competing for the tittle.
We attended the Hopman Cup Finals this year to see Rodger Federer live in action. It was an exciting final matches which Switzerland took home the Hopman Cup tittle for the third time.
If you are planning to attend the Hopman Cup next year, we hope this guide will assist in making the best out of your attendance at the tournament.
Purchase tickets online via Ticketek at www.ticketek.com.au . Book as soon as tickets are up for sale for the best seats. Receive early bird offers offering tickets at discounted rate if you subscribed to Master Card or Ticketek newsletter. Tickets do sell out, so don’t leave this at the last minute
Tip: During purchase, location of seats is shown on the seating map. Start your search again if you are not happy with the location generated by Ticketek. Keep in mind that, after a couple of times, Ticketek will re-direct you to the Captcha page to verify that you are legit. Complete the Captcha and resume searching.
Many options for hotels, serviced apartments and backpackers located within stone throw away from the Perth Arena, such as Peppers Kings Square Hotel, Four Points by Sheraton Perth and Perth City YHA. With many more hotels in Perth all which are walking distance from the Arena . If Air BnB is your cup of tea, there are thousands of rooms available Perth. Since summer months are travelling peak season for Perth city, be sure to shop around and book early for your accommodation.
Tip: If you are looking for a value for money yet stylish retreat in Perth, look for none other than boutique hotels. Plenty of awesome boutique accommodations close to the tournament offering comfort and memorable stay.
Getting to the Tournament
Your Hopman Cup tickets include travel allowances on all Transperth Services, it would be silly not to utilise it. Transperth Services covers the train, bus and ferry services in Perth, yep, just choose which mode of transportation you would like to use! Travel concession is valid for 3 hours before, during and 3 hours after the event. Keep your tickets with you before and after the match, as evidence of concession upon embarking. The Perth train station is located a short and fun walk away from Perth Arena. For train, bus and ferry schedules, visit http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au/. You can also come by taxi and Uber to the Arena. The closest taxi rank is located across the road on Wellington Street outside of the Four Points by Sheraton hotel. Otherwise, feel free to drive and park in the Arena itself or car park bays located along Wellington St.
Tip: If staying outside of the CBD, pick locations close to the public transport as taxi trips can be expensive. Taking the train services to the event would be our recommendation.
As January is in the middle of summer in Australia, the weather in Perth can be a Scorcher. Weather range from 26˚ to 36˚ Celsius. It is highly advisable that you apply some sunscreen on and dress appropriately to survive the weather.
Tip: You can be exposed to the direct sun depending on your seat location. It is worth to carry a hat and a small bottle of sunscreen for reapplication. Night time can however be a little nippy, we bought with us a thin jumper which was helpful.
Food and Drinks
Plenty of food outlets in the Arena serving event style food such as sandwiches, hot dogs and chips. Alcohol and soft drinks are also available. Food and drinks are rather pricey, eg: $AUD 5 for bottled water, etc. However, you can bring a water bottle. Free water dispensers made available throughout the venue. If you are not a fan of over priced event food and are happy to eat before or after the event, there are many dining options throughout Wellington St, Northbridge and Perth City to cater for all tastebuds at any budget. After the match, we took a 10 minute walk to Northbridge and ended up sharing a plate of Chicken & Rosemary pasta at the Francoforte Spaghetti Bar.
Tip: Pay for your food and beverage using the Mastercard Credit Card and be entitled for a discount of 15% off your bills. Bringing a water bottle may be a bit of a hassle for some, but it saved the two of us close to $AUD15 in beverage cost.
Seat number is stated on your ticket where you are ushered to your seats upon arrival. We sat at the higher part of the stadium. While it was a little far from the action, it provided a good viewing point. We get to see both players from the side (like what you would watch on TV).
Tip: Arrive early. People will sit on your designated seats instead. We arrived 5 mins into the match, and had people sitting on our seats. We had to wait until the next break to rectify this. Luckily there was empty seats near us we are able to temporarily sit on.
Security and Safety
Security personnel are available just about everywhere to assist you and check your bags at the gate. Still, secure your belongings and be on your best behaviour.
Attending with Kids
Good news for parents! there is a section set up in the Arena that offers tennis related games and activities for kids, for free in case they get bored. Activities are supervised by staff and is a good way for them to interact with other kids.
Most importantly, don’t forget to have fun. Australians have a remarkable affection for sports, it is sort of a bonding moment of Australian society, people and culture. This enduring love extends to all sports we play and watch, including Tennis. So, grab a can of beer or two and get into the spirit of the game!