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Australian Open 2013: News from Melbourne, Australia

Oct 4th, 2012
Staff Writer

Melbourne, Australia and Rod Laver Arena will play host for the 2013 Australian Open.For over a century, the month of January has been marked with the first tennis major of the new year: the Australian Open. Hosted in the beautiful country of Australia, the Asia and Pacific Grand Slam has wowed fans with remarkable play and unpredictable weather for years.

In 2013, tennis professionals from around the world will battle for fame and fortune, great fortune, thanks in part to Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood. “We have led the world in prize money for these incredible athletes and we want to ensure that the Australian Open continues to make a major contribution to the financial wellbeing of professional tennis players,” Wood announced in a Tuesday, October 2nd press release. The "major contribution" which Wood speaks of is 30 million Australian dollars, more than $30 million, to be given to the winner of the upcoming tournament.

Fans will also see a different price for their tickets for the first time in six years, as the ground passes will increase in price from $28 to $34. The fans will benefit from a host of improvements and changes to the grounds surrounding Rod Laver Arena:

  • A new pedestrian bridge over Olympic Boulevard.
  • Eight clay courts for practice purposes.
  • Updated walkways, staircases and ticketing facilities.
  • Elevated viewing deck above the practice courts and the Grand Slam Oval.


These will accompany many other updates as part of a $365 million restoration project, due for final completion in 2015. Australian Open singles play begins January 14th, and will be available online at