World Tennis Challenge players were officially welcomed to Adelaide this morning ahead of the opening night of play at Memorial Drive.
Players arrived at Urban Beach – Pinky Flat via Adelaide’s iconic Popeye before an open media call, as part of World Tennis Challenge Kids Tennis Day celebrations.
Popeye transported the players from their hotel to the Urban Beach where they were welcomed to the city by Katrine Hildyard MP, Minister for Disabilities and Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport, Steven Baldas – Tennis SA CEO and David Hearne – General Manager WTC.
The crowd heard from team captains Mark Philippoussis (Team Australia), Mats Wilander (Team International) and Robby Ginepri (Team USA) before the players cut the cake to celebrate 10 years of the World Tennis Challenge.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, Frances Tiafoe, Jamie Murray and Bob Bryan then took to the ANZ Tennis Hot Shots courts to have a hit with some of the youngsters who were enjoying WTC Kids Tennis Day.
The World Tennis Challenge gets underway this evening at Memorial Drive with Team Australia taking on Team International. Brisbane International doubles champions, John Peers and Henri Kontinen, will face Murray and Bruno Soares in the opening match, before local hero Thanasi Kokkinakis plays former world No. 6 Gael Monfils. The final match will be the legends doubles.
World Tennis Challenge is proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission through Events South Australia. The event will take place at Memorial Drive, Adelaide from 8 to 10 January 2018.
Tennis action begins from 6.30 pm each night. Tickets are on sale via Ticketek and start from $6 for children and $11 for adults.