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Kooyong Stadium, at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, is an Australian tennis venue, located in the Melbourne suburb of Kooyong. The stadium was built in 1927 and subsequently extended with another layer, and has a capacity of 8,500, although with temporary stands it has hosted crowds as high as 15,000.[2]

Kooyong Stadium
Centre Court at Kooyong Stadium.jpg
Centre Court in January 2014
Location489 Glenferrie Road
Kooyong, Victoria
Coordinates37°50′18″S 145°01′55″E / 37.83833°S 145.03194°E / -37.83833; 145.03194Coordinates: 37°50′18″S 145°01′55″E / 37.83833°S 145.03194°E / -37.83833; 145.03194
OwnerKooyong Lawn Tennis Club
Capacity8,500
SurfacePlexicushion
Construction
Opened1927
Renovated1934[1]
Tenants
AAMI Classic
Australian Open (1972–1987)
Website
www.kooyong.com.au
Image of the exterior grandstand (North) showing iconic lettering and broadcast boxes.

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HistoryEdit

Kooyong was the venue for the Australian Open, whenever that tournament was held in Melbourne, becoming the permanent venue from 1972 to 1987. It was the last Australian Open venue to play on grass courts. The tournament was moved to the hard courts of Melbourne Park in 1988.[3] Now a hard-court surface, it remains the venue for the Kooyong Classic exhibition tournament.[2]

Kooyong has also hosted several Davis Cup ties and finals, including the 1986 Davis Cup Final which saw Australia defeat two-time defending champions Sweden 3-2 in late December. The stadium hosted a tie for the 2016 Davis Cup against the USA in March 2016 on a portable grass court.[4]

ConcertsEdit

The venue has also hosted several concerts:

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://www.mbemalvern.com.au/mhs/gallery/kooyong-tennis-stadium/
  2. ^ a b A Rich History
  3. ^ Australian Open at Kooyong Stadium
  4. ^ "Davis Cup clash between Australia and United States to be hosted at Kooyong". ABC News. 24 December 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Elton John Tour 1971". JPJ Audio. Retrieved 5 October 2017.

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