Victoria restrictions could delay Grand Prix

Original article by Tessa Akerman
The Australian – Page: Online : 6-Jan-21

Police minister Lisa Neville says the Victorian government is having ongoing discussions about the timing and staging of the Melbourne Grand Prix with Australian Grand Prix Corporation and Formula 1. The race is normally held in late March, but may be rescheduled because of the state’s COVID-19 restrictions. Meanwhile, a new quarantine hotel for international tennis players coming to the Australian Open has had to be secured, after some of the penthouse owners at the Westin Melbourne, which had been due to host the players, threatened Supreme Court action over COVID-19 concerns.

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Open delay a serious blow to Nine’s plans for the year

Original article by James Madden, Emily Ritchie
The Australian – Page: 19 : 23-Nov-20

The prospect of the Australian Open being delayed due to coronavirus restrictions could prove costly for Nine Entertainment. The grand slam tournament is traditionally a key vehicle for the host broadcaster to promote its program line-up for the new year. Audience numbers are also likely to be affected if the Open is shifted from mid-January to late February or March, when the official ratings year will have begun. Media analyst Martin Hickson of 1851 Capital says Nine should seek to renegotiate its broadcasting rights deal with Tennis Australia. Some top tennis players have warned that the Open will have to be cancelled if training is prohibited during the mandatory quarantine period.

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Tennis event goes high tech to deliver smoother service

Original article by Vanessa Desloires
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 3 : 20-Jan-15

A record 49,041 people attended the first day of the Australian Open in Melbourne on 19 January 2015. IBM launched its revamped SlamTracker platform on the first day of the tennis tournament. As well as providing data to spectators, the platform will assist Tennis Australia with staffing decisions to handle long queues. SlamTracker is making use of the two data centres opened by IBM in Sydney and Melbourne in 2014

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