Originally known as the National Tennis Centre at Flinders street and the re-named the Centre Court it was was finally christened the Rod Laver Arena in January 2000 honouring the legend, "Rod Laver." The arena is not only used for tennis but has also hosted basketball matches, motor bike super crosses, musical concerts, conferences, WWE Entertainment and ballet. It has a seating capacity of approximately 14800 and is increased to 16200 with floor seating for concerts. The Arena was the first to have a retractable roof. Rod Laver arena is equipped with the Hawk Eye electronic system which allows players to challenge a umpires call during a tennis match. I was lucky to have watched the Australian Open during my holidays at Melbourne.
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