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Summer’s here, and with that comes, longer nights, day trips to the beach, and of course, tennis.

As with every year, Melbourne welcomes in another year in sport with the Australian Open, which kicks off on the 20th of January and will wrap up on the 2nd of February.

Many of the world’s most elite tennis players are already in Australia, competing in various tournaments around the country, before heading to our city for the first Grand Slam of the year.

However, they aren’t the only people who will be coming down to Melbourne this January – so too will legions of fans!

Whether you’re coming in from regional Victoria, interstate or overseas, you’re going to need affordable accommodation in Melbourne. Luckily for you, our hostel is perfect for the Oz Open!

Affordable hostel in Melbourne

While you can always catch the tennis on TV, nothing quite compares to seeing it live and in-person.

Of course, if you don’t live here, you’ll need a place to stay – preferably one that leaves you with enough money to see as many tennis matches as possible!

Our hostel in Melbourne offers competitive rates, allowing you to see more of the Australian Open. What’s more, thanks to our close proximity to all the action, we can also save you money on transport, too.

Just be sure to get in quick – the latter half of January is an extremely busy period.

In addition to the tennis, Australia Day and Chinese New Year will also see plenty of visitors to Melbourne. We suggest booking today, before all our rooms are taken!

Check availability and book online now!

Clash of the titans: what to expect at the 2020 Australian Open

Since 1972, Melbourne has been the home of Australian tennis, hosting the first Grand Slam tournament of the season – an honour that only three other cities (London, Paris and New York) can also claim.

Each year, the world’s best tennis players flock to Melbourne, either to defend their wins or to establish themselves in the world of professional tennis.

In fact, this year’s drama has already begun with qualifiers, with smoke haze forcing some players to drop out early.

And the drama is only going to escalate further, as the reigning champs attempt to defend their thrones from challengers!

In the men’s game, Novak Djokovic will be looking to both defend his title and claim his eighth win. With bookies favouring a Novak win, things are looking good for the Serbian.

Of course, it’s the women’s game that’s getting all the attention this year.

While her dark horse victory last year and demeanour have made 2019 champion Naomi Osaka a fan favourite, Queenslander Ash Barty also enjoyed a stellar 2019, and looks poised to present a real challenge.

Not to mention, as a local, she’ll no doubt have the support of the entire country behind her!

Of course, as with all professional sports, you can never predict what might happen.

Whether it’s on- or off-court drama, there are sure to be plenty of upsets and thrilling matches this month – and the best way to see it is live, in-person!

Game, set, match – get ready for the tennis

Protect yourself and prepare for any kind of weather!

As with any summer in Melbourne, it’s crucial that you take measures to protect yourself while attending the Australian Open.

As always, you’ll want to protect your skin – especially if your seats aren’t in the shade. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen, wear a hat and keep covered as much as possible.

Of course, the sun isn’t the only thing you’ll have to consider – this year’s event is unique in that you’ll also have to contend with smoke haze.

To protect yourself against this, we suggest:

  • Anti-pollution face masks

  • Sunglasses

  • Using eye drops if needed

Look at other events

Tennis isn’t the only thing that happens during the Australian Open – it’s an entire festival, more or less!

In addition to the on-court action, the Australian Open also comes with a range of other events to keep you entertained between matches (and which are well worth a trip to Melbourne on their own).

Are you a big music fan? As is tradition, the 2020 Australian Open will be accompanied by a mini music festival spanning 15 days.

This year’s Australian Open Live lineup is no different, featuring a range of local and international artists:

  • The Veronicas (with special guests Japanese Wallpaper and Kian)

  • Billy Idol

  • Bastille (with special guest Max Frost)

  • Grinspoon

  • Eskimo Joe

  • Ziggy Alberts

Click here for a full list of artists performing.

Group accommodation in Melbourne

If you’re visiting from outside of Melbourne, you’ll need a place to stay – which is where Urban Central comes in.

We offer a range of different room options for tennis fans, whether you’re travelling on your own or as a family.

Our hostel in Melbourne also offers group accommodation for tennis fans who are travelling together!

Our team is happy to assist travel groups. We don’t just make it more affordable to accommodate large groups – we’ll also endeavour to pick out rooms that are near each other.

Just tell us what you need, and we’ll work to make it happen.

Why should you choose our hostel in Melbourne?

We can think of a couple of reasons off the top of our heads:

  • We’re near Melbourne Park

  • We offer flexible and affordable accommodation

  • Group accommodation solutions perfect for larger parties

Unlike the hostel stereotype, our hostel in Melbourne is clean and spacious. We won’t pack you into a dorm with a dozen other travellers – each of our rooms is capped at 4 heads per room, maximising comfort.

Whether you’re only in town for a single match or intend to stay for the duration of the tournament, our hostel in Melbourne is your best bet.

Just be sure to book accommodation now, before other tennis fans snap up all of our rooms!

Got questions? Call us on 1800 631 288.