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2019 Australian Open prepares to showcase ‘worlds best’ player facilities
Organisers of the Australian Open grand slam tennis tournament have pledged to deliver the “world’s best player facilities” at the 2019 edition of the event, having, as part of the ongoing Melbourne Park redevelopment, recently completed work on training, treatment, dining and relaxing areas.
Set to open for the 2019 tournament, the four-level ‘Player Pod’ on the east side of the Rod Laver Arena will offer up to 30% more space for competitors in a dedicated player zone.
Speaking at the 2019 Australian Open launch, Tournament Director Craig Tiley advised “the players are the stars of the Australian Open and have voted the tournament as their favourite grand slam.
“We want to ensure they feel at home here, and that they have the best possible environment to prepare for their on-court performance. We also want to ensure they have great spaces to relax with their team, friends and family.
“Over the past few years we’ve spent a lot of time consulting with players, coaches and other stakeholders to drill down even further on what the players want, and what they need so they can perform at their very best.
“More space, places to relax and prepare quietly for their matches, state-of-the-art training and treatment facilities and of course, fantastic food, are all important to them.”
The development is part of $972 million Victorian Government program to upgrade Melbourne Park to ensure it remains the most accessible and most successful tennis venue in the world.
This investment has guaranteed the Australian Open will remain in Melbourne through to at least 2036 and makes Melbourne Park one of the best music and entertainment venues in the world, hosting 300 events annually and attracting 2.5 million patrons.
For the first time in 2019, the Australian Open will be a declared major event under the new ticket scalping legislation meaning it will be illegal to sell or advertise tickets to the event for more than 10% above the ticket’s face value.
The legislation has already had success during the 2018 AFL Finals Series where around 250 tickets were taken down from re-sale websites and 175 people or organisations are now under investigation and facing fines ranging from $806 up to $483,500.
Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren stated “our ticket scalping legislation means more genuine fans will have the opportunity to watch their favourite tennis stars.”
“The Australian Open is not just a showcase of the world’s best tennis players, it brings in thousands of people from interstate and overseas who boost our economy and support out local businesses.”
Entertainment during the tournament at the AO Ballpark is also to be expanded in 2019 with a giant waterslide, climbing walls, free entertainment and for the first time, professional onsite childcare.
Construction on the final stage of the Melbourne Park Redevelopment will start after the Australian Open 2019.
The 2019 Australian Open will take place from 14th to 17th January next year.
Images: Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley and Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren launch the 2019 event (top and middle) and the AO Ballpark (below).
23rd April 2018 - Tennis Australia looks to gain management control of Melbourne Park
29th March 2018 - Channel 9 and Tennis Australia agree five year tournament broadcast deal
2nd March 2018 - Redevelopment work recommences in Rod Laver Arena’s anniversary year
2nd February 2018 - Australian Open the nation’s most popular sporting event
29th January 2018 - Record attendance at 2018 Australian Open
23rd January 2018 - Australian Open fans turned away after buying resale tickets
10th November 2017 - Australian Open named Best International Sporting Event at 2017 SPIA Asia Awards
30th January 2017 - 2017 Australian Open breaks attendance records
13th January 2017 - Australian Open to feature new fan engagement initiatives
2nd December 2015 - Australian Open organisers confident of ability to cope with high temperatures
12th November 2015 - Lendlease to construct $338 million Rod Laver Arena refurbishment
6th January 2015 - Australian Open is now a ‘weatherproof’ event
8th January 2014 - Margaret Court Arena set for the Australian Open
3rd July 2009 - Australian Open appoints World Sport Group as promoter
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