In fact, it was hot from many angles. Record crowds flocked to Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena as temperatures spiked above 40C.
For Bruce, Customer and Commercial Manager at
He attended the Australian Open when it first graced Melbourne Park (Now Rod Laver Arena) back in 1988.
“As long as I can remember, I’ve always enjoyed watching tennis,” said Bruce. “I admire the fact they can be in a highly competitive sport for hours, but at the end they can shake hands at the net. I think that’s one of the attractions, that personal moment that makes people connect with players.”
Certainly, this year’s Open had more than its share of drama, with Stanislas Wawrinka winning the final against men’s world number one Rafael Nadal.
That Nadal had been suffering from a back injury only made his fans - including Weston - admire him more. “Credit to him for gritting his teeth and winning the third set,” said Bruce. “Champions when they’re wounded will do whatever they can to compete.”
Breaking RecordsThis year’s event was one of the biggest on record, with a record-setting 63,595 arriving on the Australian Open’s opening night. It was also the Open’s busiest year online, with over 17 million unique visits to the official website to catch up on the tennis action.
The Open also fell during one of the country’s hottest weeks in living memory. With temperatures rising above 40C with play being suspended once due to the extreme heat policy being enforced.
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For his part, Bruce and his team are already preparing for an even bigger Australian Open in 2015.
“From a whole sport perspective, it’s looking very strong for the future,” he said. “There are lots of young people coming through. It bodes well for a future for tennis.”