Melbourne kicks off final countdown to 2017 Australian Open, expected to boost tourism

Published on : Thursday, January 12, 2017

Melbourne kicks off final countdownMelbourne is all geared up host the 2017 Australian Open this month. The final countdown to the 2017 Grand Slam was officially kicked off on January 8 in the presence of Acting Minister for Sport Philip Dalidakis and Craig Tiley, CEO and Australian Open Tournament Director, Tennis Australia.


Bumper crowds are again predicted for the 2017 Australian Open, and millions will tune in across the globe to one of the world’s most-watched sporting events.


“The Australian Open grand slam is the perfect way to kick start Melbourne’s packed calendar of sporting and major events for 2017,” the Sports Minister said.
Last year a record 720,362 fans poured through the gates, with 900 million more tuning into Melbourne on television broadcasts.


The 2017 event is expected to keep hotels and restaurants busy, providing a significant boost to the local economy, jobs and the tourism industry.


From January 16, the event will showcase the best of Melbourne – major events, sport, food and entertainment.


The Australian Open Festival at Birrarung Marr will provide family-friendly entertainment, including the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots where kids will have the chance to hone their skills.


The new Tanderrum Bridge is open to safely usher thousands of fans to the action at Melbourne Park.


The Australian Open is the largest annual event in the southern hemisphere and features some of the world’s best and home grown tennis stars such as Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Angelique Kerber and Sam Stosur.


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