Get ready tennis fans the world’s sporting elite arrive in Melbourne for the first Grand Slam of the year, Australian Open 2017.
January will see an all-star field take over Melbourne Park, with world No.1s and top seeded players – defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and five-time finalist Andy Murray – both looking to claim the coveted Grand Slam title.
“With one month to go, preparations are well and truly underway for the biggest sporting and entertainment event on the calendar,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“We are incredibly fortunate to have all the top players from across the globe come to compete in Melbourne, and we know that 2017 will be bigger and better.
“Each year we continue to innovate and improve to provide world-class experiences and memories for fans, striving to bring something truly unique and different to our sport,” Tiley said.
One big difference at AO 2017 will be the new entry at Tanderrum Bridge which will provide a seamless link from Birrarung Marr to Melbourne Park.
“This clever piece of construction is about to open and will create a seamless journey for our fans coming from the city, making it easier than ever to become immersed in world class tennis,” Tiley said.
Australian Open 2017 will host a range of new activities and initiatives, all set to be massive crowd pleasers for both young and old, upholding the tournament’s reputation as the ‘Happy Slam.’
Kids will be the big winners in 2017 with $5 child ground passes designed to welcome more young families to Melbourne Park, while music and food lovers are in for a treat with expanded hospitality and entertainment options.