Adelaide International (tennis)
The Adelaide International is an upcoming professional tennis tournament to be played on outdoor hard courts in Adelaide, South Australia at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre. The tournament will commence in January 2020 and will form part of both the ATP and WTA World Tours. The event will be part of the lead-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open.
|Event name||Adelaide International|
|Venue||Memorial Drive Tennis Centre|
The establishment of the Brisbane International in 2009 saw the city of Adelaide miss out on continuing to host an ATP or WTA lead-up event to the Australian Open. Over the next ten years Adelaide was only able to host the World Tennis Challenge, an exhibition event played featuring past players. The unveiling of the multi-city ATP Cup competition, held around the same time, resulted in the abolition of the Hopman Cup and the condensing of other tournaments, thereby allowing sufficient room in the calendar for the Adelaide International. In February 2019, the South Australian Government announced it would invest $10 million to construct a canopy-roof structure over the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, after securing a five-year deal with Tennis Australia to host the new event at the upgraded facility. The new tournament was launched later that year, with then-world number four and two-time Grand-Slam champion Simona Halep being confirmed as the first player to play in the 2020 Adelaide International. The new international tournament is a combined WTA Premier and ATP 250 event.
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