Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Australian Open 2012

The Australian Open was held for the first time in 1905 and was last contested on grass in 1987. Since 1972 the Australian Open has been held in Melbourne, Victoria. In 1988, the tournament became a hard court event. The tournament is held in Melbourne in the Australian summer, in the last fortnight of the month of January; the best male and female tennis players in the world battle through blistering temperatures in the hopes of getting their hands on the coveted trophy.

Melbourne Park is home to the Australian Open, one of only four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in the world and the first to occur in any calendar year with over 650,000 people expected to attend this two week tournament. Located Southeast of Melbourne's Federation Square, along Swan St by the Yarra River, Melbourne Park has four indoor courts and 22 outdoor courts which are available for public hire seven days a week, except during January.
Garden Square is the popular spot for families, featuring tennis on the big screen, roving entertainers, MLC Tennis Hot Shots, the Tennis Australia information booth and Wilson racquet stringers.
Fans flocked to the multi-faceted entertainment precinct – Grand Slam Oval – in 2011. This year you’re sure to lose yourself in the buzzing atmosphere.

The 2012 Australian Open will mark the 100th staging of the event. In recent years, the Australian Open has often provided the platform for unheralded players to emerge with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (2008), Marcos Baghdatis (2006), Rainer Schuettler (2003) and Arnaud Clement (2001) among the surprise finalists of the past decade.

Australian Tours For Sport has been appointed an Official Licensed Tour Operator for the Australian Open 2012:
  • Name: Australian Open
  • Category: Grand Slam
  • Place: Melbourne, Australia
  • Date: 16.01.2012-29.01.2012
  • Draw Size: S-128 D-64
  • Surface: Hard
  • Prize Money: $ 11,806,550
  • Total Financial Commitment: $ 11,806,550
  • Ticket Hotline: +61 3 9299 9116



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