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State-of-the-art player hub for AO18

10 October 2017 by Tennis Australia

Inside the inner sanctum and an upgrade of player facilities.

A new hi-tech centralised player hub will be underneath Rod Laver Arena in January.

Player facilities have been extensively upgraded and conveniently clustered in a refurbished section of Rod Laver Arena as part of the current Melbourne Park redevelopment.

The upgrade includes:

  1. New undercover transport access, with players dropped just a few steps from the locker room
  2. Increased lounge, relaxation and ‘chill out’ areas, including a ‘player quiet room’
  3. New full-service player beauty bar and barbershop
  4. New and expanded crèche
  5. Expanded player gifting suite and shopping experience
  6. Player restaurant featuring an array of international cuisines and catering to athlete’s dietary requirements
  7. Themed entertainment including musical performances, artists in residence, cooking demonstrations and visits from cute Australian baby animals
  8. New player app designed to provide easy access to book practice courts and transport and help find hitting partners
  9. Exclusive multi-lingual concierge service offering everything from access to private golf clubs, tours to attractions, theatre tickets and restaurant bookings
  10. Bigger Kia courtesy car fleet, all equipped with free wifi, to provide enhanced service
  11. Onsite bank, travel agent and tax advisor.

“We welcome the world’s best players to the Australian Open and these are some of the most high profile sportsmen and women in the world,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“It’s our responsibility to help them perform at their peak so we make everything as easy as we can, from ensuring our transport system is the very best, our gym and recovery facilities are state-of-the-art and that every possible taste and dietary requirement is catered for in the player restaurant.

“Many of our players say coming to the Australian Open is the best part of their year, and we do everything we can to make them feel at home and looked after,” Tiley continued.