Melbourne will see the biggest and best Australian Open yet, in January next year, as the most loved names in world tennis will converge on the courts.
Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren joined Tennis Australia CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley at Melbourne Park this month, to officially launch Australian Open 2018.
This year’s Australian Open was one of the most successful with a record 728,000 fans pouring through the gates, injecting more than $280 million into the economy.
Worldwide, around a billion people a day tuned in to the action from Melbourne on TV and even more on social media.
“The 2018 Australian Open will attract more visitors, create more jobs and show the world that Victoria has the best of everything” said Minister for Tourism and Major Events John Eren.
“With record crowds pouring through the gates this year, we're building the facilities needed to ensure even more people can enjoy one of the greatest sporting events in the world.”
Hosting the Australian Open is part of what makes Victoria the sporting and major events capital of Australia, with government plans in place to keep it that way.
The Labor Government announced $271.55 million in this year’s budget to complete the third stage of the Melbourne Park redevelopment, featuring a new 5,000 seat show court arena.
This guarantees the Australian Open will remain in Melbourne until at least 2036.
Major upgrades to Rod Laver Arena’s truss and back of house will ensure it can attract and stage the biggest shows and productions in the world.
Visitors and locals can also look forward to a new and exciting range of food and beverage outlets, a wider concourse to get around more easily, improved access and facilities for people with a disability, and better bathrooms.
The 2018 Australian Open will take place from 15-28 January. Tickets are on sale now at: ausopen.com