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Records broken during 10th edition of World Tennis Challenge

11 January 2018, by World Tennis Challenge

Team Australia, consisting of Mark Philippoussis, Thanasi Kokkinakis, John Peers, Henri Kontinen and wildcard Mansour Bahrami have won the 10th edition of the World Tennis Challenge.

This is the tournament’s final word.

10 years of the World Tennis Challenge

  • A total of 60 players have taken part in the World Tennis Challenge since 2009
  • This includes 11 Australians and five South Australians
  • There have been 11 former world No.1 singles players and 35 former top 10 singles players
  • Nine former world No.1 doubles players have played the event and 22 former top 10 doubles players
  • Henri Leconte has had the most number of appearances with seven, with Mansour Bahrami and Mats Wilander tied on six appearances each
  • The players have held 69 Grand Slam singles titles, 90 Grand Slam doubles titles and 49 Grand Slam mixed doubles titles between them

Attendance

  • A record 14,801 spectators attended the World Tennis Challenge, a new tournament attendance record
  • The previous highest attendance was 11,770 in 2016
  • Wednesday 10 January saw the tournament’s largest session attendance in World Tennis Challenge history with 5,991 spectators in attendance

Off court action

  • World Tennis Challenge players were officially welcomed to Adelaide, arriving at the Urban Beach via Adelaide’s iconic Popeye
  • Bob and Mike Bryan visited the WTC City of Playford Kids Tennis Day at the brand-new $8.9 million Playford City Tennis Centre
  • Thanasi Kokkinakis and Frances Tiafoe visited WTC Kids Tennis Day at Urban Beach
  • Henri Leconte visited bar and kitchen pop-up, NEON, for lunch overlooking the Adelaide Riverbank
  • Mark Philippoussis visited the WTC Be Active Challenge Country Carnival at Kensington Gardens Lawn Tennis Club
  • John Peers and Henri Kontinen visited the National Foundation Cup at West Lakes Tennis Club
  • Marcos Baghdatis caught up with our WTC Ballkid Squad
  • World Tennis Challenge players attended the WTC  Legends’ Lunch, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre in support of the Ken McGregor Foundation
  • Bob and Mike Bryan attended a Tennis SA volunteer thank you function
  • World Tennis Challenge players also visited the Champion Courtside Suites and Sideline Club, as well as Autograph Island

On court action

  • Nine countries were represented including Australia, Brazil, Cyprus,  Finland, France, Great Britain, Iran, Sweden and United States of America
  • Eleven players returned to the World Tennis Challenge in 2018, including Henri Leconte (2009-2014), Mansour Bahrami (2009, 2010, 2012-2014), Mats Wilander (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2016), Mark Philippoussis (2009, 2016, 2017), Gael Monfils (2009), Robby Ginepri (2010), Thanasi Kokkinakis (2014), Marcos Baghdatis (2015), Bob and Mike Bryan (2017), John Peers (2017) and Henri Kontinen (2017)
  • Frances Tiafoe clocked the fastest serve of the tournament at 213KMH
  • The longest match of the tournament was between Frances Tiafoe and Thanasi Kokkinakis lasting 1 hour and 39 minutes

A total of

  • 30 racquets were restrung, using around 400m of string
  • 480 bottles of water were consumed by the players
  • Matches were officiated by two international chair umpires
  • 30 volunteers gave up their time to help at the event in a variety of roles from drivers to marketing assistants
  • The 2018 World Tennis Challenge Ballkid Squad consisted of 19 ballkids, some of whom even hit a few balls with the players during the legends doubles matches!

New initiatives

  • The WTC was the first professional tennis event in Australia to use Hawk-Eye Live camera technology on all lines, ensuring the chair umpire was the only official on court

Media and broadcast

  • The tournament was broadcast live by ESPN International in Australia and New Zealand
  • Tennis Australia managed the host broadcast of the tournament for the third year
  • Internationally, the tournament was broadcast to more than 200 territories by 12 different broadcast partners, including three new broadcasters in 2018
  • The commentary team consisted of Peter Marcato, Louise Plemming and Nick Lester

Social media

  • The best performing Facebook post was a post featuring Bob and Mike Bryan’s victory over Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares which was shared by the Bryan brothers and had over 6k impressions
  • The best performing Tweet was a video of Thanasi Kokkinakis winking at the camera as he came off court following his win over Gael Monfils. The Tweet was retweeted 33 times, including by Kokkinakis himself and received over 250 likes. Daria Gavrilova was one of many people to comment on it. The same video also performed highly on Instagram, achieving over 2500 views.
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