Melbourne Park is situated within the Melbourne Sports Precinct between the MCG and AAMI Park and is home of the Australian Open. Located within Melbourne Park is Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena, 3 show courts including Margaret Court Arena, indoor tennis practice courts, and 30 outdoor tennis courts with lighting, as well as a 1800 square metre function centre, and other function facilities.
Over 1 million people visit Melbourne Park every year, to play - and learn to play - tennis, to attend a convention, to catch their favourite international star in concert, or attend the netball or basketball.
Melbourne Park was officially opened in 1988, with the first tennis ball hit in January at the Australian Open. Steffi Graf and Mats Wilander became the inaugural singles champions.
Previously known as 'Flinders Park' or the 'National Tennis Centre', Melbourne Park's primary arena (Centre Court) was renamed Rod Laver Arena in 2000, in recognition of Rod Laver's remarkable tennis career. Laver achieved the Grand Slam twice and cemented himself as Australia's greatest and one of the world's best ever male tennis champions.
In terms of sport, tennis has brought worldwide recognition for the venue. The Australian Open, one of only four annual Grand Slam Tournaments, has been held every year at Melbourne Park since 1988.
The courts were resurfaced prior to the 2008 Australian Open, the blue Plexicushion surface giving Melbourne Park a fresh new look.
Best of all, the general public can play on the same courts graced by the World's best, take a tour of Rod Laver Arena and wander through Garden Square where the busts of dozens of Aussie champions and their achievements are on display.
For further tournament information about tennis, please visit Tennis Australia's website www.tennis.com.au