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The Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is a tennis venue located within the Olympic Park in Sydney, Australia. The centre was built in 1999 and hosted the tennis events for the 2000 Summer Olympics. Since 2000, the venue has hosted the Sydney International tournament, played in January as part of the Australian Open Series.

Ken Rosewall Arena
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Ken Rosewell Arena during the 2018 Sydney International
Former namesNSW Tennis Centre
LocationSydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Coordinates33°51′18″S 151°4′20″E / 33.85500°S 151.07222°E / -33.85500; 151.07222Coordinates: 33°51′18″S 151°4′20″E / 33.85500°S 151.07222°E / -33.85500; 151.07222
OwnerTennis Australia
OperatorSydney Olympic Park Authority
Capacity10,500
SurfaceHard (Plexicushion)
Construction
Broke groundNovember 1998
Opened8 December 1999
Construction costA$42.9 million
Tenants
2000 Olympic Games (Tennis)
2000 Paralympic Games (Wheelchair tennis)
Sydney International (ATP/WTA) (2000–present)
Giants Netball (NNL) (2020)
New South Wales Swifts (NNL) (2020)

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FacilitiesEdit

In December 2008, the centre court was renamed Ken Rosewall Arena, named in honour of the Sydney-born tennis player and multiple Grand Slam winner Ken Rosewall.[1] The stadium holds 10,500 people.[2] There are also two other show courts in the precinct seating 4,000 and 2,000, as well as ten other match courts, and six practice courts.[3]

Projected refurbishmentEdit

In January 2019, the New South Wales Government announced a $50.5 million upgrade to the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, which would feature:[4][5]

  • Construction of a canopy roof structure over Ken Rosewall Arena and Show Court 1
  • Upgrades to player and media facilities
  • Additional lighting, seating and public amenities
  • New sprung floor on Ken Rosewall Arena to allow for multi-sport use.

Aside from tennis, the other sport to benefit from the upgrade will be netball, with Super Netball clubs the New South Wales Swifts and Giants Netball to play home matches at Ken Rosewall Arena.[6] The upgrade is scheduled to be completed by late 2019.[4]

The venue will also host the first three finals of the upcoming ATP Cup, which will be held from 2020 until 2022.[7][8]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.sydneyinternational.com.au/2008/12/rosewall-honoured-at-sydney-olympic-park/
  2. ^ "Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre". Austadiums.com.
  3. ^ "Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre". BVN Architecture. The Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre was the tennis venue for the 2000 Olympics Games and is the headquarters of Tennis NSW. The Centre comprises 16 courts which include 10 match courts and six practice courts. The match courts include the centre court stadium and two show courts. The centre court holds 10,300 spectators and offers 70 percent roof coverage. The show courts accommodate 4000 and 2000 spectators respectively.
  4. ^ a b "Ken Rosewall Arena to get a roof in 2019". Tennis Australia. 4 January 2019.
  5. ^ "$50.5 million upgrade announced for Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre". www.sopa.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 14 May 2019.
  6. ^ "'It's a game-changer': New roof a winner for tennis and netball". The Sydney Morning Herald. 4 January 2019.
  7. ^ "ATP confirms Sydney and Brisbane as hosts for 2019 ATP Cup". ATP Tour. 7 January 2019.
  8. ^ "ATP Cup: Sydney and Brisbane to host A$22m event". BBC Sport. 7 January 2019.

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