Queensland Tennis Centre
Pat Rafter, Rod "Rocket" Laver, Roy Emerson, Geoff Masters, Mal Anderson, Ross Case, Ken Fletcher, Wendy Turnbull and Daphne Seeney – it’s a Who’s Who of tennis champions and they are all from Queensland. Given the state’s rich tennis heritage, Brisbane needed a world-class facility and it gained just that in 2009 with the opening of the Queensland Tennis Centre in suburban Tennyson.
Easily accessible by rail, this $82 million facility is enormously popular with tennis fans, and the Brisbane International, held in January, is now chosen by increasing numbers of international players as the launch pad for the upcoming season. UK champion Andy Murray successfully defended his Brisbane International crown against Grigor Dimitrov here in 2013, playing in front of a capacity crowd in the Pat Rafter Arena. The centre also houses an impressive collection of tennis memorabilia.