The new canopy roof over Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena has been unveiled ahead of the inaugural ATP Cup.
The new roof is part of a redevelopment that has transformed the venue into a multipurpose outdoor covered arena with upsized in-stadia videoboards, new seating and shade for 10,000 spectators.
The striking new roof is an innovative cable-tension and PTFE fabric design, a first for stadia in Australia, designed by Cox Architecture in conjunction with Arup.
Project construction was delivered by AW Edwards with sporting shade specialist Fabritecture.
The project included the 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; a new sprung floor to allow for multi-sport use.
Aussie tennis legend Ken Rosewall revealed the centrepiece of the New South Wales Government’s A$50.5 million upgrade to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Bulgarian captain Grigor Dimitrov, Belgium No.1 David Goffin, Croatian No.1 Borna Coric and British doubles star Jamie Murray also joined Rosewall for a first look at the new roof.
The ATP Cup began at the venue on Friday 3 January, with group-stage matches hosted in Sydney as well as in Brisbane and Perth.
Rosewall, a former world No.1 and winner of eight singles Grand Slams, was impressed with the new-look facility. He said:
I feel very humbled to be here and see this great roof on this building. We had been hoping for something like this for many years, it’s certainly a facility for the future.
There are so many great players who have come from different parts of NSW over the period of time and for this centre to be named after me I feel very honoured.
With the new facility here with the new seats and roof it’s going to be exciting for the spectators and I know there’ll be a lot of great matches.
Tennis NSW CEO and ATP Cup Sydney General Manager Lawrence Robertson said they are thrilled to celebrate a new era in tennis in NSW both on and off the court. He said:
This is a win for players and a win for spectators as the new improved facilities will take their experience to the next level.
We encourage everyone to come along to the ATP Cup and experience world class tennis action in an innovative setting to match.
Acting NSW Minister for Sport Geoff Lee said the upgrades ensured the venue could host the biggest tennis tournament outside the Grand Slams.
The upgraded venue is also capable of hosting major netball events.