Some big names have already been confirmed for the 2013 Brisbane International.
Today Tennis Queensland announced two of Australia’s greats will join the line up.
Conor Tobin reports.
Last year’s Brisbane International drew record crowds Organisers are hoping to go even better this time.
Cameron Pearson, Brisbane International Tournament Director: “It was great for the Queensland fans to have such great tennis and we look forward to seeing them all again out here in 2013.”
The Tournament is in its fifth year and promises to be the best yet.
Cameron Pearson, Brisbane International Tournament Director: “We are thrilled to announce yet more grand slam champs coming to the Brisbane International.”
Lleyton Hewitt and world number nine Samantha Stosur will join the likes of Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Hewitt hopes it’ll be a solid warm-up leading to the Australian Open.
Lleyton Hewitt, former World no. 1: “I enjoy going up there to Queensland, normally the weather is extremely nice up there, especially that time of year.”
Stosur, a Gold Coast native, is looking forward to playing at home.
Samantha Stosur, World no. 9: “It’s always a great atmosphere playing under that court, it’s always sold out and I get a chance to play in front of my family and friends which isn’t very often.”
Queensland’s Tennis Centre was severely damaged in the 2011 floods. Pat Rafter arena and player facilities, including gyms, were inundated.
It’s hard to believe just over 18 months ago this area was underwater, today the Queensland Tennis Centre boasts 23 international standard tennis courts including grass, clay and hard courts.
Although devastating, Queensland Tennis says the facilities are now world class.
Michael Blomer, Facilities Development Manager, Tennis Queensland: “It’s one of the newest tennis facilities built around the world in the last 20 years, it’s completely up to date and as good as it gets.”
Conor Tobin, QUT News.