So I’m still on holidays and the weather in Melbourne is hot one minute, freezing and cold the next and Wednesday was no exception.
So I decided to have a day out in the dodgy, crappy, grey, overcast day.
I headed into DFO at South Wharf and had a quick stroll…and by quick stroll I mean quick, I was in an out in just under an hour.
Then I headed to Harbour Town and had another fairly quick stroll around and saw the Melbourne Star, but at $32 to go on it I decided against it as I went up the Eureka tower on the weekend.
Then I headed into the city. Good thing they now offer free trams in the central business district, which has only been since January 1…but you can’t complain about that.
I did a quick stroll of Myer. Then headed over to check out Emporium and had a late lunch there from Jimmy Grants, you have to love a souva that has the chips inside it.
Plus I had to have a couple Zumbarons from Zumbo’s store…ohhhh so so good. The top one is passionfruit and honeycomb and for the life of me I can’t remember what the other one was.
Then onto the whole reason why I headed to the city in the first place.
Fast4 tennis…at Margaret Court Arena, which is part of Melbourne Park where the Australian Open is played. Margaret Court Area’s had a makeover and now has a roof, which was a bonus yesterday as it was cool but muggy so it was nice to be inside for a few hours.
Fast4 tennis is an interesting concept.
There’s no long breaks between games, no time to sit and rest, even between sets there is only a 90 second break.
There’s no let.
There’s no deuce and millions of times going advantage, deuce, advantage etc and no long tie-breakers to decide a set.
First to 4 games wins a set.
If it gets to what would be deuce it is a power point and whoever wins it wins the game.
Tie-break is first to 5, if it gets to 4-all then it’s a power point again.
So it was a Rafael Nadal night…god love Rafael, he had the best sense of humor on the night and had a few laughs, he even managed to take a selfie during a break, whilst sitting on his pink throne-esqe set with his name in lights behind him.
First off he had a set against Omar Jasika who won the 2014 US Open Boys’ final, I think the poor 17 year old was in shock and overwhelmed by being on the same court as Rafa, but he had a crack.
Then there was a set against Mark Philippoussis, who hasn’t played in a few years…but ohhhhh he’s still rather nice looking.
Then he had a best of 5 sets match against Fernando Verdasco, which was really quite good.
Then on the way home…after 12 hours of being out and about I took these photos of the Yarra River and the Arts Centre spire.