An Australian Open tennis venue will be renamed in honour of former Victorian premier John Cain. John Cain, who became the state's 41st premier in 1982, was a driving force behind the creation of the National Tennis Centre, now Melbourne Park.
Speaking on ABC Melbourne this morning, Premier Daniel Andrews spoke about Mr. Cain’s greatest achievements. “I don't think we would have the Australian Open anywhere near the major event it is now [without Mr Cain]," Mr.
Andrews said. "Perhaps it wouldn't even be here”. He further added, "What is now Melbourne Arena will become John Cain Arena and I think that's a fitting tribute to his passion for that precinct and a life that enriched all of us."
Sports and Major Events Minister Martin Pakula said the honour was a testimony to Mr Cain's vision. The Victorian Government has spent almost $1 billion on Melbourne Park since 2010 and the Australian Open will remain in Victoria until at least 2036.
"We're seeing the benefits of that today with something like 800,000-plus people going through the gates over two weeks and the Australian Open being bigger and better than ever, and locked in here in Melbourne for many years to come," Mr.
Pakula said. "John Cain's vision was to have a permanent home for the Australian Open right on the doorstep of the city and it's now grown into one of the great sporting precincts of the world," he added.