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Tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis head to Adelaide

Sunday 25 November 2012 Be the first to comment »

18-time Grand Slam winner and Martina Navratilova and 5-time Grand Slam winner Martina Hingis have confirmed they will play at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre exclusively for the World Tennis Challenge (WTC) in Adelaide from 8-10 January 2013.

WTC Co-Tournament Director Mark Woodforde said “We’re absolutely delighted to be welcoming two of the biggest names in the history of women’s tennis to Adelaide in January.

“Showcasing the greatest tennis legends at Memorial Drive has always been an aim of the World Tennis Challenge and with the event’s popularity growing it was the perfect time to introduce female legends as we celebrate our fifth year in 2013.” continues Mark.

To date, the WTC has comprised of an all men’s draw featuring four of the world’s top current ATP players teaming up with four legends of the game playing in teams simultaneously in a combination of single and doubles matches across two courts.

The introduction of the women will see the format change to ensure spectators have an opportunity to watch Navratilova and Hingis play on court each night.

Martina Navratilova winner of 59 grand slam titles said “My old friend Mark Woodforde contacted me to say that the World Tennis Challenge was looking to head into a new direction with the introduction of women players.

“After hearing about the event from some of the past WTC players and knowing Mark – I was honoured to be one of the first women invited to play – it’s such a unique concept – I’m really looking forward to it” said Martina.

Former world No. 1 Martina Hingis who will be making her debut at Memorial Drive said “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Adelaide for the World Tennis Challenge.

“I’ve heard all about the event from some of the guys and it sounds such a unique and exciting event.  It is the perfect combination of some great tennis and fun entertainment.  I think it is a great way to start another year of tennis” said Hingis.

“I’m very much looking forward to playing Martina.” said Hingis when asked on her thoughts of playing Navratilova, whom she is named after.

“In recent times we’ve play against each other in singles matches and we’ve partnered as doubles partners.  It’s a lot more relaxed these days – still very competitive of course – that is in all of our nature as sports professionals, but there is a lot less pressure and more time to enjoy it”

“In all our time on the tour we never really got to play against each other so it’s always a special moment when we meet across the net these days.” said Hingis.

And in regards to visiting South Australia, Hingis spoke fondly of her forthcoming visit “I have never been to South Australia before but I know it’s famous for great wine and beautiful beaches – hopefully I’ll get to experience both.”

Hingis, the youngest woman to be ranked No.1, retired for the second time in 2007 after reaching an unprecedented six consecutive Australian Open finals, winning in 1997-1999 and runner-up in 2000-2002.

She was ranked World No.1 for 209 weeks and was widely regarded as a gifted and cerebral tennis player in an era of power-tennis.

Minister for Tourism Gail Gago welcomed the news and the international spotlight that will shine on Adelaide during the event.

“This is truly going to be an exciting event for Adelaide and the State Government is a proud sponsor of the World Tennis Challenge – we recently extended sponsorship for a further three years,” Ms Gago said.

“The World Tennis Challenge gives fans the chance to watch legends of the sport in action, and its Be Active Challenge gives an opportunity for the tennis playing community to get involved as well.

“We are delighted that women will join the World Tennis Challenge in 2013. Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis are true stars of the game, and I know thousands of fans will join us in welcoming them toSouth Australia.”

In echoing the Minister’s sentiment, Tennis SA CEO Steve Baldas said “The South Australian tennis community applauds the Minister of Tourism, Gail Gago and the South Australian Government for its past, present and future support of the World Tennis Challenge.”

The latest player announcement of the two women completes the 2013 World Tennis Challenge field to include current players Alexandr Dolgopolov (ATP ranked #18); Stan Wawrinka (17); Viktor Troicki (38) and Australia’s current #1 men’s player Marinko Matosevic (49).  The ‘Legends’ for 2013 include Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Mats Wilander, Yannick Noah and wildcard Mansour Bahrami.

The 2013 World Tennis Challenge will take place at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide, from 8 January to 10 January 2013.

World Tennis Challenge 2013 tickets are on sale now starting from $5.00 for children and $20.00 for adults and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au  or call 13 28 49.

Corporate Hospitality packages are now available now and can be purchased direct via Tennis SA on (08) 7224 8100.

For further tournament information on how to participate in the WTC Be Active Challenge which features over 2,000 tennis enthusiasts playing across the 10 day festival please visit www.worldtennischallenge.com.

Visit us at worldtennischallenge.com or facebook.com/worldtennischallenge or @WTC_Adelaide.

World Tennis Challenge is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Government, through Events South Australia. 

 

2012 World Tennis Challenge named Sport SA Event of the Year

Friday 23 November 2012 Be the first to comment »

The 2012 World Tennis Challenge held at Memorial Drive from 10-12 January 2012 was tonight announced the 2012 Sport SA Event of the Year at the KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport.

The 2012 event showcased the strongest WTC field ever, attracting a line up of legends lead by 17-time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe along with Patrick Rafter, Brad Gilbert, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami.   The ‘current player’ line-up included Alex Dogopolov, Stan Wawrinka, Michael Llodra and Tommy Haas who were fine tuning their games for the 2012 Australian Open Tennis Championships.

The community engagement arm of the event, the ‘Be Active Challenge’, continued to grow with over 2,000 people playing across the 10 days at Memorial Drive in January.

Co-Tournament Director Mark Woodforde said “The WTC Directors and Tennis SA staff are delighted to see the 2012 World Tennis Challenge recognised as Sport SA Event of the Year.”

“The 2012 event was a big year for us bringing big personalities to Adelaide for not only the South Australian crowds to enjoy, but also the viewers at home via the Fox Sports broadcast and international audience via Eurosport” continues Mark.

The 2012 World Tennis Challenge event highlights included:

  • Crowd numbers… sold out crowds each night with a total of 15,500 spectators
  • Participation… Over 2,000 players participating across 10 days at Memorial Drive and associated venues in the Be Active Challenge
  • Economic impact…the event injected an estimated $4.2M into the South Australia tourism industry.
  • Broadcast…Fox Sports broadcast live/replay nationally  whilst Eurosport broadcast internationally
  • Corporate facilities… sold out with over 350 corporate guests each night in corporate facilities
  • Tennis SA Legends Luncheon…over 390 people attended the sell out fundraiser with guest speakers John McEnroe, Patrick Rafter and Brad Gilbert at InterContinental on Thursday 12 January 2012.
  • Online interaction….over 100,000 website hits, 2,005 fans on Facebook, over 400 twitter followers and over 100,000 views on our youtube channel during January.
  • Fanzine… The first tennis Fanzine publication broke new ground with how we can communicate tennis.

The KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport was held at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 23 November 2012.  The evening aims to honour those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in South Australia as individual or team athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia.  As well as showcasing our all time sporting heroes from the history books as they are inducted into The KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame.

Tennis was acknowledged at the 2011 KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport with former CEO Dr Alistair MacDonald winning the ‘Sports Administrator of the Year’, Luke Saville winning Junior Sports Star of the Year the late Adrian Quist being inducted into The KPMG South Australian Sport Hall of Fame.  In 2012, Luke Saville again won Junior Sports Star of the Year.

The 2013 edition of the World Tennis Challenge will take place at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide, from 8 January to 10 January 2013.

World Tennis Challenge 2013 tickets went on sale at 9:00 am (AEST) on Monday 3 September 2012.

Tickets for the event start from $5.00 for children and $20.00 for adults and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au  or call 13 28 49.

For further tournament information please visit www.worldtennischallenge.com.

World Tennis Challenge is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Government, through Events South Australia.

 

 

 

 

Tommy Haas to team with John McEnroe at World Tennis Challenge

Friday 6 January 2012 Be the first to comment »

Former world No.2 Tommy Haas will play alongside John McEnroe for Team America at the World Tennis Challenge (WTC) held at Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10-12 January.

The German born Haas, who now resides in Florida and is a naturalised citizen, has reached the semi-finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, and quarterfinals at the US Open.  Haas has won 13 career titles in singles and doubles, including Madrid Masters, and has a silver medal from the 2000 Summer Olympics.

“Tommy was someone we were very interested in given he is a US citizen and as such works well to complete Team America.    Every indication from Tommy is he will be right to go for Adelaide and he is looking for some strong matches ahead of the Australian Open.” WTC Director Darren Cahill stated.

Haas, who made a return to the circuit in June 2011 after a period of injury saw him sidelined, is thrilled to join the WTC contingent and to be playing alongside the legendary John McEnroe.

“The WTC in Adelaide is perfect.  The players in the event are either legends or some of the top guys on the tour such as Dolgopolov, Wawrinka and Llodra, so it provides the perfect balance for me between playing some tough quality tennis, but also to relax and get healthy in preparation for the Australian Open” said Haas.

“I have fond memories of Adelaide having won there in 2001.  I have heard great reports about the event and the crowd they get to WTC so I am really looking forward to partnering John and I hope I can help him defend his title.” he continues.

The teams for the World Tennis Challenge in 2012 are:

Team  Tennis Legend   Current Champion 
 Australasia    Pat Rafter   Alexandr Dolgopolov
 Europe          Henri Leconte  Michael Llodra
 International  Brad Gilbert  Stanislas Wawrinka
 The Americas  John McEnroe  Tommy Haas
 Wildcard
Mansour Bahrami

Tickets start from as little as $12 for children d can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au  or call 13 28 49.

World Tennis Challenge 2012, presented by Events South Australia, will take place at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 10 to 12 January 2012.

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