Rocky duo team up at the Open



ROCKHAMPTON mum and daughter team Ruth and Julia Dingwall teamed up for a big first day at the Australian Open in Melbourne yesterday. The Frenchville tennis fans watched five matches ? and plan to see many more before they return home on Friday.

"The atmosphere is great and there are crowds and tennis stars everywhere,'' Julia, a three-time Open veteran, said.

"Although we are here to support the Aussies, watching Lindsay Davenport win was a highlight.''

Davenport will enter the second round after a 6-2 6-1 win over Australia's Casey Dellacqua yesterday.

Julia, an occupational health and safety officer at Kestrel Coal Mine, and Ruth, who is on her maiden Open voyage, are looking forward to watching their favourite star, Lleyton Hewitt, play today.

The pair have already had chance encounters with fellow Rockhamptonites at the event.

Travelworld Rockhampton managing director Helen Robertson said between the Australian Open and the Commonwealth Games, Rockhampton people appeared to be reuniting themselves with their passion for live sport.

Travel Scene travel consultant Jessica Smalley said there was an increase in people attending the event this year.



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