ADELAIDE'S premier tennis precinct is set to receive a $9.8 million redevelopment with plans backed by the Adelaide City Council.
The project, set to commence in early 2018, will bring further life to the rejuvenated Riverbank Precinct.
The $9.8 million Stage 1 of the project includes a new outdoor show court and two new match courts, a state-of-the-art National Academy training venue with all three Grand Slam surfaces and the resurfacing of Memorial Drive's current match courts.
A Walk of Champions will also be constructed, in order to profile and memorialise South Australia's tennis legends.
The iconic Memorial Drive tennis facility was officially opened in October 1921, with a permanent grandstand erected on the site in 1938. Tennis SA hopes the project will be completed 12 to 14 months after commencement.
The site is also a famous South Australian venue which has accommodated over 50 concerts, including shows from Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, U2 and Aerosmith.
The ambitious project will be helmed by Cox Architecture, the firm behind the redevelopment of Memorial Drive's neighbour the Adelaide Oval.
Cox Architecture's Adam Hannon told The Advertiser the precinct, as it currently stands, was "very tired and very run down".
"It actually hasn't got many amenities precincts would normally have and should revolutionise the way club and major events are held," says Hannon.
The project will be funded by a Federal Government grant, and once completed will enable South Australia to bid for world-class tennis events such as the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup.
The completed project will include South Australia's first "all weather arena" with state of the art "Wimbledon style" retractable roof.
Spaces for new cafes and office spaces will also be built to accommodate corporate headquarters from interstate or overseas.
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