One of the world’s great tennis arenas, one of the world’s great tennis championships, the world’s best tennis players – and lots of beautiful people, food and fashions. The Rod Laver Arena during the Oz Open – one of the four Grand Slam tourneys in the world– has got the lot. Melbourne becomes a Mecca for both the tennis community and Australia’s A-list in the January fortnight of the Open.
“Melbourne is such a great city, and to be there for the two weeks of the Oz Open is an incredible treat. It’s our own Wimbledon.”
– Johanna Griggs
The tournament has a rich history, with the 2006 Open being the 94th staging of the event that was first played at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground on St Kilda Rd in 1905. The new Melbourne Park was opened in time for the 1988 Open.
Did you know?
The youngest and oldest champion to win the men’s singles is the same person: Australia’s Ken Rosewall: 18 years two months in 1953, and in 1972 at the ripe old age of 37 years two months.
How to get there
There are frequent daily flights with Qantas and Virgin Blue to Melbourne from all major cities in Australia.
The Rod Laver Arena is located in Melbourne & Olympic Parks on Batman Avenue, which is serviced by buses, trains and trams.
Best time to go
The tournament takes place in January each year. See the official website of the Australian Open Tennis Championships below for exact dates.
Official website of the Australian Open Tennis Championships
Website for public transport in metropolitan Melbourne
Website of the City of Melbourne
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