An opportunity presented itself at the end of last year for him to attend one day at the AO, if he provided his own transportation and lodging. He debated back and forth since it would be right after the holidays and it was only one day and a fair bit to do/spend to go to Melbourne for just one day/for just tennis. (My words, not his!)
Luckily he came to his senses and accepted the opportunity. Then he found a great cheap airfare and super cheap hotel right by the arena. Then you should have seen him when he got his pass the week before he was to go. He googled the arena to see where his seat was. Thought about possibly getting a day pass. Things like that. Kid in a tennis candy store.