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Sydney eager to host Australian Open


 

Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:05

Plans are afoot for a multi-million dollar stadium at Glebe Island as the New South Wales government seek to boost tourism after being accused of becoming complacent following Sydney’s hosting of the 2000 Olympic Games.

Melbourne aim to retain the event, which is worth more than Australian dollars 100 million (£38 million) to Victoria’s economy, while Shanghai, Dubai and Abu Dhabi are reportedly hoping to host a Grand Slam.

Events NSW’s chief executive Geoff Parmenter confirmed Sydney’s interest.

“The Australian Open tennis is arguably the best annual event in Australia,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

“I think any events company in the country would be negligent if they didn’t have it somewhere on their radar.

“The Glebe Island site is the subject I think of quite a bit of interest because it is pretty much the last clear piece of prime harbour-side real estate left.”

No formal bid has been lodged but Parmenter confirmed discussions have taken place.

“We’ve talked to Tennis Australia about the Open,” he added.

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