The National Tennis Centre at Melbourne Park

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

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 at the arena, with the sport bringing worldwide fame to Melbourne Park. Every year in January, 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.

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.

This part of Melbourne Park has quickly become the go-to place for Australian Open players thanks to its collection of high-quality equipment and facilities, and it gives visitors 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.

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 place for keen sports enthusiasts to learn more about tennis and its important place in Australian history.

See the National Tennis Centre on our Melbourne City Tour with River Cruise.

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