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Australian Open 2017: Tickets to the men’s singles final cost a staggering amount

The winning combination of Federer and Nadal has ticket prices skyrocketing. Photo: Getty
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Tickets for Sunday’s much-anticipated men’s singles final at the Australian Open sold out a long time ago.

That was well before fans knew who was playing, with those lucky enough to snap up a ticket surely delighted at the battle between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal they are set to witness.

Of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and there are still a few options around if you are desperate to see the match.

But be prepared: these are ridiculously expensive.

Reputable service Ticketmaster have a resale website, where consumers who have bought tickets but can’t go, can sell in an ‘official’ manner.

Of course, that leaves genuine fans at the mercy of scalpers, despite the fact, as Ticketmaster say, “all purchases are 100 per cent backed by the Ticketmaster Guarantee.”

Tickets for as expensive as $A17,250 each were still on sale late on Saturday evening, while even a seat in the nosebleed section was going at over $A9580, as you can see below.

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Elsewhere, on ticket website StubHub, seats were selling for as much as $A8,400 in the lower tier, and $3,745 in the upper tier, and Queenoftickets.com had tickets on sale from $A2,300 to $A7,500.

What a rip-off.

Tickets for the men’s singles final purchased through the Australian Open’s official ticket partner, Ticketek, when available, ranged from $A413 to $A774 for adults and $A362 to $A448 for concessions.

Aussie joy

Cheers to Dylan Alcott, who made it three successive wins in the quad wheelchair singles at the Australian Open.

Alcott was on court for just 69 minutes as he beat British rival Andy Lapthorne 6-2 6-2.

The match made history as it was the first wheelchair match to be played on centre court at a grand slam.

We also tasted success in the men’s doubles on Saturday evening, as John Peers teamed up with Finn Henri Kontinen to claim the title.

They beat legendary American pair Bob and Mike Bryan, 7-5 7-5, as Peers became the first Aussie to win a men’s doubles grand slam title since 2005.

The 14-year-old who could

Despite being just 14 years of age, Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk won the girls singles title on Sunday, surprising top seed Rebekah Masarova.

Kostyuk won 7-5 1-6 6-4 and praised the crowd on Rod Laver Arena afterwards.

“It’s good when [the crowd] is screaming for you so much,” she said.

In the boys singles, Zsombor Piros of Hungary beat Israel’s Yshai Oliel in three sets.

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Kostyuk celebrates her victory. Photo: Getty

Talk about a throwback…

In honour of the Williams sisters’ memorable final, we’ve dug up what might be the most ’90s photo ever taken.

There’s a beaming Serena and Venus in the middle, both sporting braces and beaded cornrows, posing with pop idols and teen heartthrobs, the Backstreet Boys, in 1998.

Fast forward 19 years and we’re pretty sure the Backstreet Boys would be the ones clamouring for a photo with these now-iconic tennis legends.

Backstreet's back, alright! Photo: Getty
Backstreet’s back, alright! Photo: Getty

‘I am just so happy’

Summer Leatitagaloa was elated when announced as one of the Australian Open’s two most outstanding ballkids.

The 15-year-old, and Campbell Steedman, both from Victoria, were picked as the stars of the tournament and will now travel to Paris to be in the ballkid squad for the French Open.

Nice work, kids!

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Campbell Steedman and Summer Leatitagaloa at Melbourne Park. Photo: Tennis Australia

What’s on for Sunday

The Australian Open comes to a close with the much-anticipated clash between Federer and Nadal, which begins from 7.30pm on Rod Laver Arena.

Before that, the final of the mixed doubles will be contested, with second seeds Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig the favourites.

They take on American Abigail Spears and Juan Sebastian Cabal of Colombia from 4pm.

– with reporting from Susannah Guthrie

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