What is 1573 Australian Open?

Fun, Furbies and Freebies from Friends of 1573

Enjoy 1573 with some free red sunglasses from my Panda friends



Celebrate with 1573 Liquor:
(Chinese Distillery with its name on the new Arena at the Australian Open)

Why 1573?
It is the year during the Ming Dynasty when they first started making Liquor, one of the oldest in China.

Luzhou Laojiao (official sponsor for 5 years at AO) is the name of the brewery.

Where is it from?
Sichuan, China (a province which is best known best for its super spicy cuisine)

Style and Taste
In its pure form - the clear liquor is more than 50% Alcoholic.

It is one of the most premium forms of "baijiu" as it is called in China.

Some say it has the strong scent of fermented peaches.


Where can I try some at the Australian Open?

The public can try a cocktail with the clear baijiu mix in a tasty glass. Served at "Nobu" and "Rockpool: Bar and Grill" plus a couple of the other fine dining establishments there.

If you have a special invite, there is even a 1573 bar located just behind Rod Laver stadium.



A Fan's Guide to the Rafa Nadal Academy and Sports Centre


 Barcelona Open with Rafael Nadal
Follow Rafael Nadal to the French Open
The Rafa Nadal Sports Centre
My visit to Mallorca in April-May at the Rafa Nadal Academy was my lifetime bucket list event.

Check out the room availability and the reviews on TripAdvisor. You should try to book at least 1-2 months ahead to get your best chance.

As a huge Rafa fan for over a decade, I decided to book a pit stop to Mallorca between my trip to the Barcelona Open and the Madrid Open via Air Europa.

Apparently, several top pros had the same idea, making their stop in Manacor to do some clay-court training before the French Open! I was there with Toni, Carlos, and the Nadal Academy Coaching Team.


For 3 days, I felt so lucky to be right next to the now 19-time grand slam champion.

Joining the Adult Tennis players,  you can live tennis 24/7: I was able to train, eat, sleep, plus watch and play tennis right next to the top ATP and WTA pros like
Naomi Osaka and Rafael Nadal!

Masters 1000 Clay Trophy Collection at the Rafa Nadal Academy Museum

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Just as Rafael told me in the hallway to the gym, Mallorca is a beautiful island when the weather is nice. I have to agree with him 100%! May through September is the perfect temperature. The cost of staying at the Academy is hardly much more than that of a typical hotel ~$150/night.

Every day I was there, it was a beautiful paradise. Comparing it to Hawaii and Maui  - this island was the Spanish version of a very historic land yet brimming with its small village charm.

I love the church in the center of Manacor, the Cala Agulla beach, and the Castle of Capdepera. Photos below of this amazing landscape.







The scenic countryside with its windmills and small traffic circles are very quaint. Most tiny cars including Rafa's old Kia are miniature in size yet very nimble. Speed limits top out around 100kmph - yet you can go from coast to coast in a little over an hour. I would recommend renting a car but be prepared that it will likely be a manual transmission.

Small packs of bicycle riders will dot the small country roads early in the morning riding in tandem. The local villagers are very friendly and helpful in sharing their traditions and culture. I made a lot of friends among the other Adult tennis program attendees.


I encourage all my tennis fans to 
visit Spain for the authentic Tennis Experience.


Get our exclusive offer when you book any package from the Rafa Nadal Academy, using Promo Code: JCTENNIS

For a closer experience, there is also an 8-court Rafa Nadal Tennis Academy now open in Mexico

How to see Roger Federer play at the 2019 US Open

Updated Sept 3, 2019:

How to See Roger Rafa play the next round at the US Open
(Men's Quarter-Finals Friday and Final Sunday)

See Roger Federer at the 2019 US Open!

Match History and US Open 2019 Draw Analysis

Our prediction of when Federer and Nadal will play is based on the following info:
  • In Session 2, his opening match is against a qualifier. Opening Night has fireworks on Ashe!
  • The US Open tends to alternative Day / Night / Day / Night for the players (not always).
  • Great performance getting to the Wimbledon Final and he is Very Well Rested.
  • He typically plays well at night in his famous "Darth Federer" all-black UNIQLO outfit
  • Primetime ratings for ESPN when he plays at night are always high
  • Over 10 years of scheduling trends at the US Open
We cannot guarantee that the US Open will not change their minds...but it rarely happens. The best way to know for sure is to check the daily Schedule of Play listing.
Important Facts:
  • Federer will be seeded #3 at the US Open and in the upper half with Djokovic.
  • Nadal #2 will be placed in the bottom half
  • Djokovic may face #5 Medvedev in the QF's who has beaten him twice this year.
  • If Nadal and Federer make it through, they will face each other in the Finals!
Federer likely to face these opponents:
 9/6 SF (Medevev), 9/8 (Nadal)

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