BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL READY TO MAKE A RACKET
10 December 2015, Written by Laura Daquino
IF YOUR New Year's resolution is to keep good company, look no further than getting among the line-up at Brisbane International 2016.
It seems like a lot of people have made the resolution already, with limited stock left in corporate suites and boxes at the world-class January tournament that attracts 100,000 attendees each year.
Seven Grand Slam champions will headline Brisbane International 2016 presented by Suncorp, a boon for the tournament that only began in 2009.
Grand Slam champions Roger Federer (SUI; pictured below right), Marin Cilic (CRO), Maria Sharapova (RUS; pictured above left), Sam Stosur (Qld) and Victoria Azarenka (BLR) will all commence their 2016 campaigns in Brisbane this summer.
All in all, the blockbuster week will feature eight of the world's top 20 men and ten of the top 20 women.
Tennis Queensland CEO and Brisbane International tournament director, Cameron Pearson, tells Business News Australia the tournament is going from strength to strength and the prized corporate options are a reflection of this.
"We're really excited by the strength of both the men's and women's draws and counting down to what should be a fantastic week of tennis," he says.
"We're thrilled to welcome our two defending champions back to Brisbane, who will both have a real fight on their hands to win back-to-back titles.
"Every year the tournament increases in profile and the calibre of the 2016 field is certainly testament to the players' regard for the event."
Like many of the vying champions, rising talent will too be returning to Brisbane International 2016 and hitting the ground running on their home turf.
Aussies Bernard Tomic (Qld), Thanasi Kokkinakis (Sa) and Sam Groth (Vic) are all in for the win.
Something for everyone, the inaugural FAST4 legends showdown will also take place between Grand Slam legends John McEnroe (USA) and Pat Cash (Vic) on women's final day.
Pearson says there's a 'genuine buzz' around the event because it slots in so seamlessly to Queensland summer, partly why it's a signature event on Tourism and Events Queensland's calendar.
"The beauty of Queensland Tennis Centre is that it's seriously designed with fans in mind," says Pearson.
"Whether you have baseline seats, a courtside box or a corporate suite, the service will always be right on cue.
"There's honestly not a bad seat in the house."
Brisbane International 2016 presented by Suncorp will be played between January 3 and 10 at Queensland Tennis Centre.
If you are interested in securing a corporate package, please contact corporate sales manager Michael Murphy or visit the Brisbane International 2016 website.
Pictured right: Maria Sharapova vists guests of a Brisbane International 2015 corporate suite.