BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL ATTRACTS THE WORLD'S TOP TENNIS PLAYERS
Written on the 25 November 2016 by Brisbane International
FIVE of the world's top ten tennis players will open their 2017 campaigns at the Brisbane International, presented by Suncorp, this January.
His challengers will include Japan's Kei Nishikori (No.5), Spain's nine-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal (No.8) and Sweden's Stan Wawrinka (No.4).
"We're thrilled with the field, we have five of the top 10 men, including Rafael Nadal, a truly iconic player," says tournament director Geoff Quinlan.
"To see Rafa here in Brisbane, on Australian soil, in the first weeks of the New Year, is exciting."
"Rafa is arguably one of the toughest athletes on the planet; he is a remarkable player, a fighter and he has played so well in Australia. I think back to the five-hour Australian Open final he played against Djokovic in 2012 what you get from Rafa is such a contest," says Quinlan.
World No.1 Angelique Kerber (GER), and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza (ESP) have signed up on the women's side of the draw.
Kerber began her season in Brisbane last year, then went on to win the Australian and US Opens and secure the world number one ranking.
"She started her campaign here last year and was runner up, and went on to win the Australian Open. She had a great year, going on to win the US Open as well and taking the world number one ranking at 28 years old," says Quinlan.
It is players such as Federer, Raonic and Kerber, that has helped the Brisbane International grow into one of Queensland, and Australia's premier sports events over the past six years.
The event is screened into 100 territories worldwide, garnering 6,000 global broadcast hours, with 21 million hours viewed, predominantly in the United States, Japan and Spain. In Australia, the tournament gets 70 broadcast hours and 12.5 million viewing hours.
The international event attracts visitors from across the world, while giving locals the once-a-year opportunity to see the world's best tennis players live. The atmosphere is electric.
"Queensland has such a heritage in tennis with Rod Laver and Roy Emerson, while more recently we've seen Samantha Stosur and Bernard Tomic do well."
Corporate support has been strong, and the event has sustained a renewal rate between 50-60 per cent in some facilities.
There are several options for corporate clients, ranging from the exclusive Champions Suite to the indoor, air conditioned Corporate Suites, and the popular courtside corporate boxes.
The event's success has led the Queensland Government to renew its support for a further five years. Minister for Tourism and Major Events, Kate Jones, says the Brisbane International has become a must-see event.
"It brings significant exposure to Queensland as one of the first international tournaments of the tennis year, as well as attracting many locals who get to compete in front of a home crowd," says Jones.
Brisbane International 2017, presented by Suncorp and supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, will be held at Queensland Tennis Centre from 1 to 8 January.
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Author: Brisbane International