Kia Motors extended its partnership with the Australian Open for a further five years to 2023 at a signing ceremony held at Melbourne Park. This latest ceremony makes Kia the longest-running major sponsor of the tennis tournament, having started the relationship in 2002.

Over the last 17 years, Kia’s courtesy vehicles have accumulated close to six million kilometers, making tens of thousands of journeys carrying tennis players, match officials and other VIPs in comfort and safety around host city Melbourne.

Tennis legend Rod Laver, whose name is shared with the main Australian Open arena, took part in today’s signing ceremony.

“It has been an incredible partnership for Kia Motors, fully aligned to the youthful spirit of our brand,” Byung Yun Park, Executive Vice President at Kia Motors Corporation, said. “We are excited to be part of the world’s most thrilling Grand Slam tennis tournament for another five years. I’d like to thank everyone at Tennis Australia and everyone involved in organizing this incredible event for their hard work in providing unforgettable experiences, every year.”

“We are delighted to announce we will be extending the wonderful relationship with our major sponsor, Kia Motors, for a further five years,” Craig Tiley, CEO & Tournament Director of the Australian Open, said. “The Australian Open and Kia Motors partnership is one of the great success stories in Australian sport. Our incredible 17-year journey continues to evolve and is indicative of the extraordinary growth experienced by both our organizations during this time.”

To celebrate its long-term commitment to the game of tennis, Kia will roll out various new on- and off-line activities for tennis fans around the world to enjoy over the coming years. The company will show the fans its power to surprise with dynamic and exciting experiences that go beyond their expectations.

About the Australian Open

The Australian Open is a tennis tournament held annually over the last fortnight of January in Melbourne, Australia. First held in 1905, the tournament is chronologically the first of the four Grand Slam tennis events of the year – the other three being the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. It features men’s and women’s singles; men’s, women’s and mixed doubles and junior’s championships; as well as wheelchair, legends and exhibition events.