Google Down the Line!: THE LOW DOWN: Tennis Australia CEO responds to reports about Aussie Open move, "It's a good event in Melbourne," says Woods


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

THE LOW DOWN: Tennis Australia CEO responds to reports about Aussie Open move, "It's a good event in Melbourne," says Woods


The Aussie Open organizers have responded to the questions surrounding the possibility of their major being moved.

As reported, a source at Tennis Australia was quoted as saying the organization was "dead worried" about losing the Slam because it lacks a unique surface and doesn't house the same standard of facilities and activities the other majors offer.

But not according to Tennis Australia CEO Steve Wood:

We’ve got a business case study going on right now as to what the future needs to deliver for us. We are very happy with the way in which things are operating.
Australia is really behind the event as a Grand Slam. It’s a good event in Melbourne.
Melbourne Park, the Aussie Open's location since 1988, is contracted to host the major until 2016 though backers at a new facility in Sydney have publicly stated they will try to grab the tourney.

Wood's statement is murky at best and is not definitive in answering any of the specific questions about the surface or the reports of other regions/organizations wanting to host the major. Tennis Australia is happy but what about shareholders, sponsors, ballers, etc. ?

I'd say, based on his answer, that the Aussie Open's status is still very much up in the air but we may know more once this "business case study" is completed.

Stay tuned!

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