Friday, January 8, 2016

The Hopman Cup.. game, set and stretch!



There has been no enriching of colour here.. no need, Perth Arena is that dynamic shade of blue! Any keen tennis fans will know that the Hopman Cup is being played out in Perth this week, walking past on Wednesday we stopped to see if there was any action happening on the practice courts to the side of the arena, it's pretty cool that the public can watch the players warm up, and I do mean warm up, at 39C it must have been a wee bit of a shock for some..


As luck would have it top-ranked Ukrainian tennis player Alexandr Dolgopolov walked out on court to begin limbering up! He went on to beat our own Lleyton Hewitt yesterday 4-6 6-3 6-4, a close match. One of my favourite moments so far was between Lleyton Hewitt and America's Jack Sock, that's sportsmanship for you oui!


Couldn't resist this last many angled shot of the arena as we left. Whatever you think of the arena it really is an extraordinary building and dare I say it.. yes I'm going to live dangerously :) Perth's iconic entertainment equivalent to the Opera House! I'll be going now :) happy Friday, take care and stay safe... p.s. has anyone been watching the Hopman Cup?


35 comments:

  1. It certainly is a visual feast for the photographer as buildings go.

    That's way too hot to be out playing in!

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  2. WOW!! That is an amazing building and color!! Awesome!! Yep, I have a backache all of a sudden, too!! Great captures as always, Grace!! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!!

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  3. I have not been watching any tennis matches but I'm loving your photos from there. That temperature had to be quite a shock to that Ukrainian fellow. However, it didn't seem to slow him down any, eh?

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  4. It's an interesting building Grace...and that's a good thing. I'd say that it's a bit of a marmite building (sorry vegemite) building in that no-one is left in middle ground. It has a bit of a Frank Gehry quality to it.

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  5. It reminds me of the opera house, and a Lego set!

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  6. Goodness, so rich in color! It is one lovely place!

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  7. Not a tennis fan. The last time I played, a few years ago, I caught my shoe, fell backward and hit my head. Thought I was gonna die. And that may explain my periods of antic goofiness. And then again, maybe not. But I do love this arena. You Perthians sure do know how to do things in fantastically attractive ways.

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  8. It hasn't been on TV here. I have followed it a bit in the paper. That is cool that you can see the practice courts, Grace!

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  9. Oh gosh, that's electric! Used to play tennis, in the last century...

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  10. Sure is bright! It'd look good beside the purple Orlando soccer (football) stadium.

    Only Americans call a game played with one's hands football.

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  11. Cool blue--well, maybe not so cool. :-)

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  12. The Arena is an amazing looking building, and not just the deep blue color. Enjoy the tennis.

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  13. I do like that last picture all those lines and angles, very good...

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  14. I admire the architects' choice to give the facility that gorgeous rich blue. (Not a tennis fan, so, sorry, I'm not watching.)

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  15. Oh how fun to see your header in another light!

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  16. That blue is fantastic. How exciting to get to see the players warming up. You captured the action very well Grace!

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  17. Such vibrant blue! Way too hot for me!

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  18. Much too hot to do anything except slump!!

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  19. Sure is an amazing building. Only watch the news highlights.

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  20. What a great BLUE , SUNNY and WARM posting!

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  21. I like this arena, Grace !
    Beautiful colour and architecture !

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  22. Okay, I will admit it. I have never heard of the Hopman Cup. ....but I am familiar with that building as it graces your blog :)

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  23. Wow you saw Djocovic! The building is amazing, I like that blue arena. Of your cup I have never heard I am afraid....

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  24. The designers of this building complex really like bright blue. Sometimes real modern building appeal to me, and this one is very interesting...especially the part you captured in the last shot.

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  25. I think it's a lovely building too! Gosh, too hot to be playing/training out there! I haven't been watching, but my husband has.

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  26. I like the arena, too, sadly it was closed, so we didn´t get to see the inside.
    Gosh, why is that man wearing long clothes, and in black, too?!

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  27. Love the way you move around your city to find interesting activities and images to photograph while you are having fun.

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