There is a spot that you would probably want to visit at least once in your lifetime if you are a sports fan, but, especially, if you’re enthusiastic about tennis. That spot is Melbourne Park, home of one of the biggest Grand Slam tennis events of the year: The Australian Open.

The good news is that you don’t really have to cross an entire ocean to get there. The Open itself rented out roughly 100 parcels that can be explored in the Decentraland metaverse, including the Rod Laver Arena itself, a digital replica of the real thing, located at the very center of this large complex. You can identify the latter visually by a plethora of blue panels surrounding a structure with a white roof on top.

Inside, a tennis game is underway, and you may be allowed to participate in various tennis minigames for a chance to receive a generous prize. You can also encounter the usual Rolex, Emirates, Mastercard, and Polo ads that traditionally adorn these premises.

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The Australian Open shop can be seen through clear glass walls across the street from the arena. When you enter the shop through the main door – beyond the Mastercard logo – you’ll witness lots of wearable displays and benches. Towards the front, you’ll find the checkout counter.

As you reach the BallPark, you’ll be glancing at a myriad of food trucks, tables, chairs, TVs, and a Ferris Wheel, the latter from which you can get a terrific aerial view of this pretty cool and colorful place. Your avatar is even capable of climbing a rock wall towards the entrance.

The Beach House is a great outside club where your avatar can chill. It’s next to the Rod Laver arena and has a large screen that shows whatever’s happening inside while you comfortably sit on lawn chairs under a shade. You’ll likewise find the typical VIP lounges that are a staple of virtually every one of these fancy clubs. If you crave some beach volleyball action, you’ll find a volleyball court fully equipped with nets and boundaries.

In summary, the Australian Open complex in Decentraland offers an outstanding metaverse experience you should not miss. This is more than just a virtual “museum” of sorts. It’s a complete, interactive environment that integrates games and social aspects to get you acclimated to the digital complex. This is a very neat idea that ought to be followed by other sporting ventures and leagues around the world, especially in these times when the metaverse is gaining a lot of ground.

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Decentraland is a virtual world where you’ll be able to buy lands as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain via the MANA cryptocurrency. It was released on February 20, 2020, and, since then, it has been garnering a lot of popularity, thanks, in part, to the NFT craze that surfaced during the second trimester of 2021. As of this date, the Australian Open complex is one of the largest digital places you can visit within the novel Decentraland ecosystem.

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