Australian Open trams a Grand Slam success

30 January, 2012

Records tumbled both on and off court at Melbourne Park during this year's Australian Open tennis tournament.

For the 14 days of the event dedicated shuttle trams ran between the city and Melbourne Park, and when Yarra Trams ended its tournament in the early hours of Monday morning a new high mark had been set for tram travel to the event.

By the time the epic six hour men's singles final finished, the longest Grand Slam final ever and longest match in Australian Open history, more than 400,000 people had travelled to and from the tournament on a Yarra Trams service.

The record figure was an 8% increase on the previous highest number set last year and included the three highest days tram travel to an Australian Open since shuttle services began in 1999.

The tournament itself enjoyed a record crowd with more than 700,000 enjoying the tennis.



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