The downlow on the tournaments down underPosted on December 15, 2017
In the lead up to the New Year, the Kooyong Classic is mapping out and sizing up the Australian tennis scene. We take a look at the best tournaments around the country leading up to the big AO Grand Slam. Whether it be one or all – buy tickets, tune in and cheer on our Aussie superstars on their home turf this summer.
The Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic
Staged at Australia’s most prestigious and exclusive tennis club, the Kooyong Classic was established in 1988 to maintain Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club’s position as Australia’s spiritual home of tennis. The Club, which is ranked in the top five in the world, boasts a rich history in tennis, having hosted the Australian Open Grand Slam and Davis Cup.
From where you’d rather be… the iconic Kooyong Stadium
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The Hopman Cup
December – January
Perth, Western Australia
A sanctioned event in the calendar of the International Tennis Federation, The Hopman Cup is an annual international eight-team indoor hardcourt tournament.
Unlike many other open tournaments, the seedings of the eight teams is based on the players’ singles rankings. The eight teams are then placed into two groups – Group A and Group B. Each team plays the other three teams in their group. The top placed team from each group at the completion of the group matches then meet in the final.
Founded in 1989, the championship is named in honour of Harry Hopman (1906–1985), an Australian tennis player and coach who guided the country to 15 Davis Cup titles between 1938 and 1969.
December – January
Established in 2009, this outdoor hardcourt tournament features multiple heavy hitters taking the court at Queensland Tennis Centre. As the newest kid on the block, the creation of this event was a result to attract top players to stay and prepare for the first Grand Slam here in Australia rather than partake in other overseas tournaments.
Sydney, New South Wales
One of the oldest tennis events in the world, the Sydney International is another key lead up tournament to the Australian Open.
Directly following the Brisbane International, the event is played at Sydney Olympic Park and showcases fierce competition between top ranked players, family fun, live music and more.