The Sydney International is a tennis tournament that takes place in Sydney, Australia, usually in January on the hard courts of the NSW Tennis Centre.
The first edition was held in 1885. The Australian national championships were born in 1905, so from 1885 to 1904 the best Australian tennis players participated in the Sydney tournament, which was the nation's premier tennis event along with the Victorian Championships in Melbourne. With the birth of the Australian Championships, the tournament lost its importance but still many tennis players from Australia continued to take part. The surface of the fields was grass and only in 1989 was the Rebound Ace introduced.
From 1885 to 1922, when the Australian National Championships ceased to be a men's only event, the New South Wales Championships and the Victorian Championships were the premier events for Australian tennis players.
The NSW Open was played at the White City complex near Sydney's central business district. Starting with the 2000 Olympics, the event was moved to the Sydney International Tennis Center in Homebush Bay, a suburb of Western Sydney which hosts the sites where the Olympic Games were held. The facility consists of 15 outdoor courts and a central stadium which also houses the administrative offices of the New South Wales Tennis Federation.