Minister Assisting the Minister for Recreation and Sport
Swedish tennis champion Mats Wilander, doubles stars Mike and Bob Bryan and Frenchman Henri Leconte will play in the World Tennis Challenge from today.
In its tenth year, the World Tennis Challenge has enlisted a competitive field including Adelaide dynamo Thanasi Kokkinakis, king of the serve Mark Philippoussis, former world number one doubles pair Mike and Bob Bryan and world number 46 Gael Monfils.
The Memorial Drive event is an official tournament of Tennis Australia’s Emirates Australian Open Series and is expected to deliver $1.5 million economic benefit to South Australia.
In 2018, the World Tennis Challenge will be the first professional event in the southern hemisphere to rely entirely on Hawk-Eye live camera technology to make line calls.
As part of the WTC, social and club players in the Be Active Challenge will take to more than 200 South Australian tennis courts throughout January.
The World Tennis Challenge occurs from 8-10 January, 2018, at Memorial Drive, Adelaide.
The tournament is an exhibition, round-robin style competition for three teams: Team Australia, Team USA and Team International. Each team is made up of a current player, a legend and a doubles team.
The full field includes: Team Australia – Thanasi Kokkinakis, Mark Philippoussis, John Peers and Henri Kontinen; Team USA – Frances Tiafoe, Mike and Bob Bryan; Team International – Gael Monfils (FRA), Mats Wilander (SWE), Henri Leconte (FRA), Mansour Bahrami (IRN) Jamie Murray (UK) and Bruno Soares (BRA).
World Tennis Challenge is supported by the State Government via Events South Australia.
For more information and tickets visit www.worldtennischallenge.com
Quotes attributable to Minister Assisting the Minister for sport Katrine Hilyard
It’s great to welcome champions including Mats Wilander, Gael Monfils and Mark Philippoussis to Adelaide for the tenth action-packed World Tennis Challenge.
Events such as WTC introduce Adelaide to new audiences via broadcast (on Foxtel’s ESPN) and through the attendance of competitors, supporters and spectators.
This year’s World Tennis Challenge is expected to deliver $1.5 million for the South Australian economy which is a great boost for our city that truly embraces major events and sporting events.