The Australian Open 2019 is underway in at Melbourne Park and is bigger and better than ever.

The Open is the largest annual sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere, bringing the world’s best players to Melbourne Park including Serena Williams and Roger Federer, and home-grown aces Alex de Minaur and Ashleigh Barty.

This year, Rod Laver Arena’s new Eastern Annexe will provide players with even better facilities including new restaurants, a rooftop terrace, and recovery spaces.

Protecting centre court is the newly upgraded retractable roof which can open and close in under five minutes.

Some of Australia’s biggest music acts and artists from around the globe will be performing on the live stage, and this year’s Open also features the inaugural Australian Open Sports Film Festival, providing tennis fans with even more entertainment.

Last year the Open attracted a record-breaking 743,667 fans and close to a billion viewers watched online or on TV.

Work on the final stage of the upgrade at Melbourne Park will start after this year’s Australian Open and includes a new multi-purpose 5,000 seat show court and a new function and media centre.

The premium venues at Melbourne & Olympic Parks are also a popular choice for business events and international incentive groups.