Fire crews have rushed to the iconic Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on Monday as black smoke billowed out onto the area’s Glenferrie Road.
The fire was caused by a faulty air-conditioning system in the kitchen in the middle of the day, and smoke was seen pouring out of the roof the famous buildings.
A total of seven fire vehicles dashed to the tennis courts after the blaze started and authorities blocked off one of the north-bound lanes. Staff were also evacuated.
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A Fire Rescue Victoria spokesperson said the blaze was quickly brought under control.
“Firefighters arrived within six minutes to find black smoke issuing from the roof after an air conditioning unit had caught fire,” the spokesperson said.
“The crew worked to extinguish the fire and the scene was declared under control at 12.23pm (AEDT).”
Black smoke billows out onto Glenferrie Road. Credit: Instagram
The fire is not considered to be suspicious.
Kooyong was home to the Australian Open before it moved to the Rod Laver arena in 1988.
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It is now hosts the Kooyong Classic which is held from January 10-12 in the lead up to the Australian Open.
World No.4 Jannik Sinner will headline the exhibition tournament.
The 22-year-old reached the semi-finals of Wimbledon this year and has an Australian link … he is mentored by master coach Darren Cahill.
The Italian also made it the round of 16 at Melbourne Park this year before losing to eventual finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas. He was also beaten by the Greek in the quarter-finals in 2022.
Exciting young Dane Holger Rune, currently ranked sixth in the world after reaching a career-high fourth in August, has also signed on for the Kooyong warm-up.
Rune, 20, was a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this year, as well as reaching the fourth round at Melbourne Park, and has recently taken on Boris Becker as his coach.
Former US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who is on the comeback trail after a lengthy spell out with injury, and consistent grand slam performer Karen Khachanov, of Russia, will be part of the field.
Zhizhen Zhang, the first Chinese man to be ranked inside the top 100 and a recent gold medallist at his home Asian Games, has also committed to play at Kooyong, which ends two days before the Open gets underway on January 14.
The club has been operating at a loss and recently it was reported that accounting firm Grant Thornton was investigating.
The venue has also played host to some of the biggest names in rock ‘n roll, including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Bob Dylan and David Bowie.
– With AAP