Sydney Trying To Steal Australian Open Away From Melbourne

by The Insider on October 16, 2008 · 3 comments

in Grand Slams

Sydney has embarked on a secret initiative to snatch the Australian Open tennis tournament from Melbourne, the Sydney Morning Herald said, citing Events NSW Chief Executive Geoff Parmenter.

The pitch involves a plan to build a multimillion dollar stadium at Glebe Island, west of central Sydney, that could host the Grand Slam event once Melbourne’s contract expires in 2016, the newspaper reported.

Sydney will face competition from overseas cities, with Shanghai, Dubai and Abu Dhabi all preparing campaigns to hold the Asian Grand Slam event, the newspaper said. The Australian Open is worth more than A$100 million ($64 million) to Victoria state’s economy, it said.

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Alan Moore November 12, 2008 at 5:41 am

The Australian Open is the national tennis tournament of AUSTRALIA. As such, it is OWNED by Australia. Anyone who thinks that that the Australian government would allow their national tennis tournament (such a lucrative event) to be transferred to another country, has rocks in their head.

Other countries may stage an event they call the ‘Grand Slam of Asia’, etc, HOWEVER, it will not be a replacement for the Australian Open. All it will be is an additional tournament.

Seriously, if you’re going to post stories try to retain a few standards.

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The Insider November 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm

@Alan Im not so sure about that. The ITF is a base company, so they have the rights to what tournaments are Grand Slams or not. If Sydney added a tournament to the calendar then the ITF could decided that this new tournament is now classed as a Grand Slam and will replace Melbourne!

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Michael November 13, 2008 at 12:44 am

Hi Guys,
I talked to someone at Tennis Australia about this. The comment was that this news article was the catalyst to speed up a Melbourne City proposal awaiting approval. I did not probe into the details however, it appears that the ‘take it away from Melbourne’ message was strong and prompted Melbourne to take action.
Melbourne Park is such a fantastic venue. I played there for several days recently and it is magic on the outside courts at night with the buildings of the city only a few minutes walk away.
I hope it stays there for a very long time.
Michael

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