The world’s attention will once again shift to Melbourne as the 2018 Australian Open kicks off.
Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren joined tournament officials, ball kids and tennis champions, including former World number one Billy Jean King, to officially launch the event.
In 2018 the Open will be bigger and better than ever, with more activities and new facilities for the whole family.
More entertainers will be performing, including Australia’s own Daryl Braithwaite, Meg Mac and Client Liaison. There’s also a new and improved children’s zone – four times bigger than 2017.
Between games, tennis fans can visit the Rockpool Dining and Nobu pop-up restaurants, or any of the new eateries in the revamped Rod Laver Arena.
Getting to and from the Open in 2018 will be easier and safer than ever with the free tram zone extended to stops on either side of Melbourne Park.
The Victorian Government is also deploying around 30 Protective Services Officers to patrol those tram stops and nearby train stations.
The Open takes place from 15 to 28 January 2018 and is the largest annual sporting event in the southern hemisphere.
In 2017 more than 728,000 fans poured through the gates – a new record – and even bigger numbers are expected in 2018.
The television and online audience has climbed to almost a billion people, giving the world’s most liveable city unrivalled coverage.
Every year the Open creates more than 1000 jobs, injecting more than $280 million into the Victorian economy.
Source: Vic Government