Australian Open Tennis to Add Roof on Third Court in Melbourne

The Australian Open will add a third retractable roof for the 2015 tennis tournament that could ensure all matches are played “even with a fortnight of solid rain.”

The new roof will be built at 7,300-seat Margaret Court Arena. The courts at Rod Laver and Hisense arenas already have roofs at Melbourne’s Grand Slam tournament.

“We are very proud to lead the way in world tennis as the only Grand Slam with three retractable roof venues, and MCA will feature what we believe to be the world’s fastest-moving stadium roof, which will open or close in just five minutes,” Tennis Australia Chief Executive Officer Craig Tiley said in a statement released today by the tournament.

Wimbledon is the only other Grand Slam tournament with a roof. U.S. Open officials have said two of their stadiums will have roofs by 2018, and the French Open has plans to put a roof on its main stadium.

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