Melbourne Tennis – Australian Open

The City of Melbourne has played host to the Australian Open since it’s inception at the turn of the 20th century. Known as Australia’s sporting and cultural capital, Melbourne is the second most populated city in Australia, with over 3.75 million inhabitants.

Both the Summer Olympics of 1956 and the 2006 Commonwealth games were successfully held in Melbourne, prompting the City fathers to spend in the region of AUS$434 million on upgrading the Melbourne Cricket Ground and Melbourne Park. The Melbourne tennis Australian Open has long been a great draw card for both locals and tourists alike.

Melbourne has a rich history, which is reflected in its mix of contemporary and Victorian architecture, lush Victorian parks and gardens and a society, which boasts multi-cultural influences from both Europe and the East.

In the 1850s, prompted by the Victorian Gold Rush, Melbourne became Australia’s largest and most dominant city until it lost out to Sydney in the early 1900s.

Much has been written about the weather in the context of the Melbourne tennis Australian Open. Although the City is known to enjoy hot, dry summers, the average ‘high’ temperature for the month of January is only 25.8 degrees centigrade. The hottest temperature ever recorded was a sweltering 45.6 degrees centigrade in January ’39, during a 4-day heat wave.

Australian Open on-court temperatures have, however, been measured consistently in the high 40s to early 50s, thereby forcing the implementation of The Extreme Heat Policy.

Getting around Melbourne is not a problem – the city has a very well integrated public transport system, called Metlink, which comprises both trains and trams. The tram network is, in fact, one of the most extensive in the world, and there are over 15 train lines, which service the city, and beyond.

Melbourne is renowned for its dining, sporting, shopping and cultural experiences. It attracts over 7.6 million Australian visitors and over 2 million international tourists annually. Most of the city’s main attractions are all within walking distance or a short tram ride away from the central hotel district.

Melbourne’s attractions:

  • Docklands – Melbourne’s latest waterfront, which includes the Telstra Dome and a mix of shops, apartments and waterfront businesses http://www.docklands.vic.gov.au/
  • Queen Victoria Market – the largest open air market in the southern hemisphere which has been in existence for over 120 years http://www.qvm.com.au/
  • Royal Botanical Gardens – said to be the most significant apart from Kew Gardens in London. It boasts thousands of plant species, a forested canopy and an ornamental lake http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/
  • Melbourne has one large casino Crown Entertainment Complex, and Australia as a whole has a number of casinos. The Crown Entertainment Complex is a complete entertainment or even travel destination. It has gaming, shopping and entertainment on a regular basis.