The best of bayside Melbourne is coming to Australian Open 2022 with the launch of the first-ever AO Beach House.
Set to transform the entire northern side of Melbourne Park, the AO Beach House will bring the laidback seaside holiday vibes to life within a stunning new precinct at the tennis in January.
“The AO is as much a part of summer as heading to the beach with family and friends and we’ve designed a brand new precinct to bring the best of the bayside lifestyle, and the best of the AO, together,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“As we all celebrate the easing of restrictions this weekend, and the wonderful opportunity to come together with friends and family once again, we are incredibly excited about what this means for the Australian Open. As the biggest sports and entertainment event in the world in January, we’ll be bringing Australia back on the world stage in a big way as we launch the global tennis season.
“Looking ahead to January, we are planning a spectacular event that will mark the return of major sport and entertainment in Melbourne and Victoria. The AO will truly accelerate the opening up of our state, and provide enormous economic benefit to so many.”
Encompassing the northern side of Melbourne Park - down from Batman Avenue through to Tennis HQ and the brand new redeveloped dining precinct, and from Garden Square to the tram stop - the AO Beach House will be the newest destination for friends and family to socialise, play, eat and drink.
A stunning beach tennis court, presented by Bondi Sands, will be at the heart of the precinct, and provide a backdrop for an exciting new health and wellbeing program at the AO.
“The AO Beach House will bring everything that’s great about summer holidays to the AO – the sand, the water and even a beach tennis court,” Tennis Australia Director for Product and Premium Experience Greta Cooper said.”
“We are always striving to create new offerings for fans and the AO Beach House, with its laidback beachy vibe, great food, gorgeous cocktails and a mix of open and private spaces takes the fun factor of the AO to a whole new level.
“As well as being an awesome space to catch up with friends, eat and drink and watch the tennis, we’ve extended the AO day, launching a new health and wellbeing program before play starts in the morning.”
As part of the health and wellbeing offerings fans can kick off their day with early morning meditation, yoga and Pilates sessions, followed by a healthy pre-tennis breakfast with a range of juices, smoothies and acai bowls.
When the stars take to the court, it’s time to catch all the tennis action on the big screen while relaxing in a deckchair with the sand between your toes. Or bring friends together and book a private cabana and revel in the sights and sounds of summer in bayside Melbourne.
The more energetic may be tempted to show off their on-court skills on the beach tennis court, with a host of new tennis formats to discover and explore across the AO precinct this year.
Finally, as the day turns to night, watch the sun go down while enjoying seaside fare synonymous with bayside eateries, with a glass of Piper-Heidsieck or a summer themed cocktail in hand.