Premier welcomes tennis royalty to South Australia

08 January 2013

Premier Jay Weatherill will welcome tennis legends Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis to South Australia this morning ahead of their appearance at this week’s World Tennis Challenge.

The Premier will join the tennis stars in the Barossa, where they will sample the region’s premium food and wine and enjoy a hit of tennis among the vines.

Mr Weatherill said the State Government was a proud supporter of the World Tennis
Challenge and was delighted Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis had chosen to play in Adelaide.

“South Australia boasts a world-class calendar of events and festivals, and the World Tennis Challenge has been keeping fans entertained since 2009,” Mr Weatherill said.

“Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis are true stars of the game and I’m pleased they will able to experience one of our unique regions today.”

The women will fly to the Barossa by helicopter and will be joined at the Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre by fellow World Tennis Challenge players Mats Wilander, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami.

Footage filmed during the visit will be included in the World Tennis Challenge broadcast, which is seen in more than 35 nations.

“The Barossa is celebrated for its wine, but there’s much more to this great part of South Australia,” Mr Weatherill said.

Martina Navratilova and Martina Hingis are the first female players to take part in the World Tennis Challenge and will play on court each evening in either a mixed doubles or singles.

The event also features the Be Active Challenge, which sees over 2000 tennis enthusiasts play across more than 200 South Australian courts during January.

The World Tennis Challenge runs from January 8-10.

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