Australian Open 2019 will debut the world’s best player facilities for the elite in world tennis in January.
The new four-level Player Pod on the eastern side of Rod Laver Arena is the result of years of painstaking hard work and consultation with the players, the Victorian Government, Melbourne Park, architects and builders, and has been designed to fulfil the players’ every need.
The spacious facilities will set a new benchmark in world tennis and in sport. The total dedicated player zone will increase by up to 30 per cent in some areas, with stunning spaces for training, treatment, recovery, dining and lounging, all designed with maximum comfort, convenience and luxury in mind.
“The players are the stars of the Australian Open and have voted the tournament as their favourite Grand Slam,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.
“They love coming to Melbourne and appreciate the amazing facilities and the friendly reception they receive, both from the AO team and the fans.
“We want to ensure they feel at home here, and that they have the best possible environment to prepare for their on-court performance. We also want to ensure they have great spaces to relax with their team, friends and family.
“Over the past few years we’ve spent a lot of time consulting with players, coaches and other stakeholders to drill down even further on what the players want, and what they need so they can perform at their very best. More space, places to relax and prepare quietly for their matches, state-of-the-art training and treatment facilities and of course, fantastic food, are all important to them,” Tiley said.