Instant Shade Umbrellas at the Australian Open

Instant Shade Umbrellas are proud to be suppliers of umbrellas to the Australian Open tennis tournament.

Over the years both Tennis Australia and Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust have purchased many different styles of umbrellas for various shade needs at the tournament.

This has included:

  • Cafe Series market umbrellas for shade in various open areas
  • Custom designed & built wall mounted umbrellas that are used to shade crowd controllers at the entrances to Margaret Court Arena
  • Creation of a custom fabric colour to match the Australian Open corporate colour (Process Blue)
  • Large branded umbrellas featuring the Australian Open logo

Australian Open 2012 - New Nova HD umbrellas

For this year’s tournament Instant Shade Umbrellas were proud to supply our new Nova HD heavy duty telescopic commercial umbrellas. These large 5m Octagonal umbrellas were used throughout Melbourne Park to provide cool shade areas to patrons.

A challenge of the project was securing the umbrellas without doing permanent installations. Normally the Nova HD umbrellas require installation to a concrete footing or existing concrete surface, but in this case this was not possible. Our engineers developed a solution that not only safely secured the umbrellas but also provided extra seating for patrons! Custom built steel frame and timber clad “boxes” hide the weight required to ballast the umbrella while providing a neat and convenient seat.

Also featuring at this year’s tournament were our new heavy duty Eclipse cantilever umbrellas. They were used at a special promotional area covering a “walk on water” activity / game and also featured logo branding.

Below are some images from over the years...

The original umbrellas first suppied to the Australian Open in 2004

  • Huge 5m umbrellas for Players Lounge Area
  • Branded with Australian Open logo
  • Installed using our socket & sleeve installation system

Change to Australian Open Blue

  • In 2007 the Australian Open changed the courts and all associated branding to a special Blue colour
  • All umbrellas were re-covered with a custom made fabric developed especially for the tournament

Custom made wall mounted umbrellas

  • Instant Shade Umbrellas designed and manufactured custom wall mounted umbrellas
  • The umbrellas shade and protect staff at the entry to the outside show courts
  • The canopies and arms are removed at the end of each tournament leaving just a small wall mounted plate

On court umbrellas

  • Instant Shade Umbrellas designed and manufactured small lightweight “beach” style umbrellas
  • The umbrellas shade and protect players and officials during the tournament

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