The National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/15/2018

Reading time: 3 mins

Tennis fans can flock to Melbourne’s ultimate tennis venue!

Melbourne Park is a premier sporting and events venue in the heart of Melbourne that dates back to 1988. Over the years, it has hosted events like basketball and netball games, big music concerts, swimming galas, motorsport events, and ice skating championships amongst many other things. But one of its biggest achievements is hosting the  Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament in January.

The History of the Park

The park itself used to be called Flinders Park until the main arena (Centre Court) was renamed to honour Rod Laver’s successful career – he won the Grand Slam twice and made a name for himself as Australia’s greatest male tennis champion. Tennis is the most prominent event in the arena, with the sport bringing worldwide fame to Melbourne Park.

The National Tennis Centre

Within Melbourne Park there is the National Tennis Centre which can be found opposite Aami Park stadium.

At this part of the complex, which has been open since 2013, was most notably used as a training venue for the 2013 Australian Open Players. Today it is home to eight indoor plexicushion courts, five outdoor plexicushion courts, eight Italian clay courts, a large function area that can be booked out for conferences, weddings, parties, and events, changing room and showering facilities, and a high-performance gymnasium.

The Australian Open

Every year the Australian Open is held on its grounds and it continues to be a firm favourite attraction for sports lovers or those looking to delve into the lengthy history of tennis in Melbourne. Melbourne Park is swamped by supporters, and it gives visitors state of the art facilities to view the tournaments, and the chance to go backstage and see what happens behind the scenes at large tennis tournaments.

Things to Do at Melbourne Park

As well as exploring the facilities at the National Tennis Centre, there are plenty of other things for visitors to do at Melbourne Park. Perhaps the most popular activity is hitting the courts yourself and playing on the same ground that some of the world’s best players have won, lost, and made history on. In addition to the great facilities, the park has an additional 16 outdoor plexi-cushion courts available to both members and the public. Available for both performance players and beginners, letting you achieve your tennis dreams right within the city centre!

Elsewhere, you can take a tour of the Rod Laver Arena and discover more about the player’s fascinating history in the sport, and take a stroll through Garden Square, where you can pick out numerous busts that depict several top Australian tennis champions.

Melbourne Park and the National Tennis Centre are the perfect places for keen sports enthusiasts to learn more about tennis and its important place in Australian history.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.

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