Join up as an AO member to be first in the queue at Australian Open 2014.
By doing so, you’ll enjoy a host of benefits that are the stuff of tennis fans’ dreams.
You’ll gain access to Australian Open tickets before they go on sale to the general public – plus access to tickets ballots for other Grand Slam events – as well as a multitude of other perks, all enhancing your experience at one of the world’s biggest sporting and entertainment events.
AO Membership is available in three categories – Game, Set and Match.
Game, at $89 for individuals and $129 for families, is the most basic level of membership. It offers:
- Pre-sale access to Australian Open, AO Series, Davis Cup and Fed Cup tickets, plus complementary ground passes
- “Game Set Match” member lounge access during the tournament
- The chance to enter the French Open, Wimbledon and US Open ticket ballots
- Invitation to AO Members’ Night on the first Monday of the tournament
- An Australian Open program and member e-newsletter
- Discounts on Melbourne Park court hire and AO merchandise
The Set category offers all these benefits, plus an exclusive ticket-booking period and guaranteed access to Final Five session tickets (which includes the women’s semifinals, each men’s semifinal, the women’s final and the men’s final).
Gold category members enjoy all the perks of Set membership, as well as guaranteed access to lower-level seating at Rod Laver Arena for Final Five sessions.
Ticketing and membership manager Frances Travers said these benefits had been hugely popular throughout AO2013, reflected in the positive feedback received from a survey of more than 2,000 AO members following the tournament.
“The main thing coming out of the survey was that pre-sale access to both Australian Open and AO Series tickets is a huge benefit that all members love,” she explained.
“Other things that were well-received included the complementary ground passes and AO Official Program that came with membership, and the other Grand Slams’ ticket ballot information that we provide for our members.
“A major hit was access to the on-site lounges – AO Members loved having a special space of their own to go when it was hot, to get a meal or snack, to mingle with other members or to enjoy tennis on the big screen in the lounge. Their enjoyment of the tournament with friends has been far higher since this was introduced.”
You don't have to play tennis to be eligible for AO Membership. In fact, the membership base comes from a broad cross-section of society, including all over Australia and many more around the world.
And to keep improving the experience for those members, Travers said that several new events had been introduced in 2013.
A breakfast on the middle Saturday of the tournament with Pat Rafter as a guest speaker had proved very popular, as did a function attended by Jim Courier and Fred Stolle along with the Australian Open trophies, with which members could have their photos taken.
Travers said that further membership initiatives were being explored ahead of Australian Open 2014, including the potential for multi-year memberships.