Inside Melbourne's Crown IMG Tennis Party

Crown Melbourne hosted its annual Crown IMG Tennis Party to launch Melbourne’s summer of tennis on the eve of the 2019 Australian Open. One of the best and most summer stylish parties on the Melbourne social calendar, the soirée worked brilliantly at Crown Melbourne’s brand new rooftop space, The Crown Aviary. 
Having launched in December last year, it has quickly become Melbourne’s newest and most exclusive rooftop event space. With spectacular urban panoramas, the rooftop structure offers killer views over the Melbourne city skyline.

Guests including world-class tennis professionals, fashion names and sporting leaders were entertained with live music, interactive installations by event partners Maserati and Paspaley Pearls, a Nobu taco and sushi station, plus premium beverages from Moët & Chandon and Stella Artois. It certainly was a party with the lot.

Tennis stars included Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov, Caroline Wazniacki, Stan Wawrinka, Monica Puig, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Ostapenko and Katie Swan. There were also international IMG models in the mix too–think Sailor Brinkley, as well as celebrities Ruby Rose, Bambi Northwood-Blyth, Julie Bishop MP, Olympia Valance and Lauren Phillips.

Crown’s affiliation with tennis in Melbourne doesn’t stop there. Back by popular demand, Crown will be taking two of its most popular restaurants to Melbourne Park for the second year during the Australian Open.
 World-renowned Nobu will be delivering it’s favorites with both a set menu and al a carte options available throughout the tournament. 
For those who prefer the casual dining experience, San Antone by Bludso’s BBQ will be located at the Grand Slam Oval and will be serving up its famous 14 hour smoked brisket sandwich.

“The Australian Open has become part of Melbourne’s DNA and intrinsic to Crown,” said Peter Crinis, Crown’s chief operating officer. “With so many of the world’s leading players staying with us every year, the Crown IMG Tennis party has become a signature event that celebrates the excitement of the tournament and Melbourne’s summer.”