Fans are in for some thrilling tennis over the next two weeks with the world’s best players in action. Off the court, the event precinct offers a wide range of free and ticketed entertainment and activities.
Tennis fans have already enjoyed extra activities during the qualifying week from 9 -15 January, with crowds able to watch and partake in the Tennis Players for Peace charity match, the annual and much-loved Kids Tennis Day, and Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios playing an exhibition match at Rod Laver Arena.
Forward bookings data shows strong demand for hotels in Melbourne over the next fortnight, with bookings for Saturday 21 January already at 76 per cent capacity, which will only increase in the coming week.
The Australian Open marks the start of Victoria’s packed calendar of international sporting events including the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race, Super Rugby’s Super Round Melbourne, Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix, Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Bledisloe Cup and FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023.
Last year alone, the Andrews Labor Government delivered a record year of major events with 6.9 million attendees to sporting, music, arts and cultural events right across the state.
The Victorian Government invests in major events because they put our city on the global stage and drive significant visitation to Melbourne, filling hotels, restaurants, and bars and supporting local jobs.