A luxury beach resort complete with cocktail bars, water features and a tennis court will be built in Melbourne Park ahead of next year's Australian Open.
The northern side of the Australian Open site will be transformed into an 'AO Beach House' to reinvigorate tourism in Melbourne during its tennis grand slam in January.
Cocktail bars, private cabanas and a spectacular beach tennis court will take over the precinct previously occupied by international broadcasting compounds.
The northern side of the Australian Open site in Melbourne Park will be transformed to the 'AO Beach House' (pictured) in preparation for January's grand slam
Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the 2500 sqm refurbishment is part of plans to welcome back large crowds to the city's biggest event.
'The AO is as much a part of summer as heading to the beach with family and friends and we've designed a brand new precinct to bring the best of the beach, and the best of the AO, together,' he said.
The new project will stretch from Batman Avenue through to Tennis HQ and the brand new redeveloped dining precinct, and from Garden Square to the tram stop.
The project will include cocktail bars, yoga, private cabanas and a beach tennis court (pictured)
Early morning pilates sessions will be on offer for fans, along with summer cocktails and food from some of Melbourne's most sought after restaurants.
Mr Tiley anticipated the event will bring a much needed kickstart to the econmic recovery of Victoria's after Melburnians spent more than 260 days in lockdown.
'As we all celebrate the easing of restrictions this weekend, and the wonderful opportunity to come together with friends and family once again, we are incredibly excited about what this means for the Australian Open,' he said.
'Looking ahead to January, we are planning a spectacular event that will mark the return of major sport and entertainment to Melbourne and Victoria.
The 2500 sqm refurbishment is part of plans to welcome back large crowds to the Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open
'The AO will truly accelerate the opening up of our state, and provide enormous economic benefit to so many.'
Tennis Australia Premium Experience Director Greta Cooper said it was always looking to find new and exciting offering for fans attending the Australian Open.
'The AO Beach House will bring everything that's great about summer holidays to the AO – the sand, the water and even a beach tennis court,' she said.
'We are always striving to create new offerings for fans and the AO Beach House, with its laidback beachy vibe, great food, gorgeous cocktails and a mix of open and private spaces takes the fun factor of the AO to a whole new level.'
Access to the beach house will be free for all Australian Open ticket holders.
Tickets will go on sale from November 19.