Photographing the Kooyong Classic

January 17, 2024

This year I'm making an effort to share not just the images from my shoots (which I mostly do on social media) but also the process and the experience which I will do here.

2024 has started with shooting the Kooyong Classic tennis tournament. It is one of the lead up events to the Australian Open and is a chance for the best tennis players in the world to get some match practice before the Aussie Open.

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Media facilities at Kooyong are very good. There is a short walk from the main court, via the back of the grand stand to a dedicated media room. The media room has plenty of space and is well catered with food and drink. The air conditioning provided a welcome break from the warm summer weather and several hours sitting courtside in the sun. Wifi facilities made transmission of the images from the venue a straight forward process.

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Photographers have access to one side of the court, which is the eastern side. This, combined with a medium or long lens, enables close up images of the players in action. Hot weather is often a challenge in January, and this year that was the case. Shooting the morning games was easier with the sun behind the photographer. In the afternoon it was challenging with both the hot weather and shooting into the sun. The afternoons were a good time to take a break in the media room!

MelbourneSportsPhotographer-2876MelbourneSportsPhotographer-2876 It was good to see both experienced and emerging players at the Kooyong Classic. That ranged from players like Sir Andy Murray who is in the twilight of his career, through to Taylah Preston (pictured above) who is starting out in pro tennis and had received a wild card to the Australian Open. The most impressive player for me was the Italian, Jannik Sinner. I am expecting him to do well at the Australian Open.

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The Kooyong Classic runs over 3 days and was well attended by Melbourne tennis fans. If you are in Melbourne next January, check it out.

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