Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena set for roof installation

Sydney’s Ken Rosewall Arena is to be fitted with a new roof as the city seeks to become one of the host destinations for a new tournament organised by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP).

The ATP unveiled a new international team competition, the ATP Cup, back in November. The event is due to start the men’s tennis season from 2020 and there are plans to stage the tournament across three Australian cities.

The Reuters news agency reported that the renovation of the 10,000-seat Ken Rosewall Arena, which forms part of the Sydney Olympic Park, will cost AUD $50m (€30.8m/$35.1m). The upgrades will also include improvements to player and media facilities.

“The redevelopment of Ken Rosewall Arena and Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is extremely exciting for tennis in NSW,” Tennis NSW chief executive Lawrence Robertson said.

“Primarily, as it ensures the facilities here remain among the best in the country and allow us to bid for new world-class events such as the ATP Cup.

“Sydney has a long tennis history and these upgrades will go a long way to ensure we are in the best possible position to continue that tradition to have the ability to host major international events in all conditions.”

The upgrades will also ensure that the venue is suitable for netball, with Sydney-based Super Netball teams the Giants and the Swifts set to permanently relocate to the arena.