Brisbane is preparing to dazzle the tennis world next January.
Today’s official launch of the latest addition to the world tennis tour, the Brisbane International, unveiled an exciting array of plans to showcase the event and city for the expected influx of tennis-related visitors, as well as a large national and international broadcast audience.
“The Brisbane International will be broadcast on the Seven Network nationally for seven days, culminating in Sunday afternoon’s men’s singles final,” Tournament director Steve Ayles said. “Those pictures will also be beamed around the world, including the United States and major markets in Asia and Europe.”
The event will be played at a stunningly picturesque riverside site at Tennyson in the state-of-the-art Queensland Tennis Centre.
“The Queensland Government is to be congratulated for the commitment they are showing to tennis in Queensland through the construction of a world-class venue capable of hosting a combined event at this level,” said Steve Ayles.
“Outstanding facilities are a cornerstone of the future growth of tennis in our country and Queensland has set the benchmark in this,” Ayles added.
The combined event will launch the impressive new stadium, which features a 5,500 seat capacity covered arena and two further covered show courts with temporary seating for 2,000 during the event.
The open-sided translucent roof structure over centre court will make for comfortable conditions for both players and spectators alike. The roof will also minimise any disruption to play due to inclement weather.
4-11 January 2009