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The Australian Open Series is a selection of tennis tournaments held annually prior to the start of the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia. As of 2016, there are five official Australian Open Series tournaments held across Australia in preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year, as designated by Tennis Australia.[1]

Contents

TournamentsEdit

Week 1Edit

Brisbane InternationalEdit

Queensland Tennis Centre, Brisbane

The Brisbane International is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Brisbane, Queensland. It is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and of the WTA Premier tournaments of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. It is held annually in January at the Queensland Tennis Centre.

Tournament Year Champion Runner-up Score
Men's singles 2009   Radek Štěpánek   Fernando Verdasco 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
2010   Andy Roddick   Radek Štěpánek 7–6(7–2), 7–6(9–7)
2011   Robin Söderling   Andy Roddick 6–3, 7–5
2012   Andy Murray   Alexandr Dolgopolov 6–1, 6–3
2013   Andy Murray (2)   Grigor Dimitrov 7–6, 6–4
2014   Lleyton Hewitt   Roger Federer 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
2015   Roger Federer   Milos Raonic 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–4
2016   Milos Raonic   Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4
2017   Grigor Dimitrov   Kei Nishikori 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
2018   Nick Kyrgios   Ryan Harrison 6–4, 6–2
2019   Kei Nishikori   Daniil Medvedev 6–4, 3–6, 6–2
Women's singles 2009   Victoria Azarenka   Marion Bartoli 6–3, 6–1
2010   Kim Clijsters   Justine Henin 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
2011   Petra Kvitová   Andrea Petkovic 6–1, 6–3
2012   Kaia Kanepi   Daniela Hantuchová 6–2, 6–1
2013   Serena Williams   Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–2, 6–1
2014   Serena Williams (2)   Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 7–5
2015   Maria Sharapova   Ana Ivanovic 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
2016   Victoria Azarenka (2)   Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–1
2017   Karolína Plíšková   Alizé Cornet 6–0, 6–3
2018   Elina Svitolina   Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6–2, 6–1
2019   Karolína Plíšková   Lesia Tsurenko 4–6, 7–5, 6–2

Week 2Edit

Hobart InternationalEdit

Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart The Hobart International is a women's professional tennis tournament held at the Hobart International Tennis Centre in Hobart, Australia. Held since 1994, it forms a part of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and is classed as an International tournament (previously Tier IV). It is competed on outdoor hardcourts, and is held in the run-up to the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, the Australian Open.

Tournament Year Champion Runner-up Score
Women's singles 2009   Petra Kvitová   Iveta Benešová 7–5, 6–1
2010   Alona Bondarenko   Shahar Pe'er 6–2, 6–4
2011   Jarmila Groth   Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6–4, 6–3
2012   Mona Barthel   Yanina Wickmayer 6–1, 6–2
2013   Elena Vesnina   Mona Barthel 6–3, 6–4
2014   Garbiñe Muguruza   Klára Zakopalová 6–4, 6–0
2015   Heather Watson   Madison Brengle 6–3, 6–4
2016   Alizé Cornet   Eugenie Bouchard 6–1, 6–2
2017   (Q) Elise Mertens   Monica Niculescu 6–3, 6–1
2018   Elise Mertens (2)   Mihaela Buzărnescu 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
2019   Sofia Kenin   Anna Karolína Schmiedlová 6–3, 6–0

Sydney InternationalEdit

Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre, Sydney

The Sydney International (formerly known as the Championship of New South Wales and New South Wales Open) is a professional tennis tournament in Sydney, New South Wales. The tournament is played annually at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in Homebush. It is one of the oldest tennis tournaments in the world, dating to 1885. The tournament is currently noted as an ATP 250 point event on the men's tour and a WTA Premier event on the women's tour

Tournament Year Champion Runner-up Score
Men's singles 2009   David Nalbandian   Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 6–7, 6–2
2010   Marcos Baghdatis   Richard Gasquet 6–4, 7–6(7–2)
2011   Gilles Simon   Viktor Troicki 7–5, 7–6(7–4)
2012   Jarkko Nieminen   Julien Benneteau 6–2, 7–5
2013   Bernard Tomic   Kevin Anderson 6–3, 6–7(2–7), 6–3
2014   Juan Martín del Potro   Bernard Tomic 6–3, 6–1
2015   Viktor Troicki   Mikhail Kukushkin 6–2, 6–3
2016   Viktor Troicki (2)   Grigor Dimitrov 2–6, 6–1, 7–6(9–7)
2017   Gilles Muller   Daniel Evans 7–6(7–5), 6–2
2018   Daniil Medvedev   Alex de Minaur 1–6, 6–4, 7–5
Women's singles 2009   Elena Dementieva   Dinara Safina 6–3, 2–6, 6–1
2010   Elena Dementieva (2)   Serena Williams 6–3, 6–2
2011   Li Na   Kim Clijsters 7–6(7–3), 6–3
2012   Victoria Azarenka   Li Na 6–2, 1–6, 6–3
2013   Agnieszka Radwańska   Dominika Cibulková 6–0, 6–0
2014   Tsvetana Pironkova   Angelique Kerber 6–4, 6–4
2015   Petra Kvitová   Karolína Plíšková 7–6(7–5), 7–6(8–6)
2016   Svetlana Kuznetsova   Monica Puig 6–0, 6–2
2017   Johanna Konta   Agnieszka Radwańska 6–4, 6–2
2018   Angelique Kerber   Ashleigh Barty 6–4, 6–4

Weeks 3 and 4: Australian OpenEdit

The first of four Grand Slam events is held at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, usually in the second fortnight of January. In 2020 the tournament finished in the first week of February.

See: List of Australian Open champions.

New tournaments (2020 onwards)Edit

Adelaide InternationalEdit

Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide The Adelaide International will be a WTA and ATP joint event, played at an upgraded Memorial Drive Park facility from the start of the 2020 season.

ATP CupEdit

Perth, Brisbane and Sydney The ATP Cup will be played in three Australian cities over ten days in the lead up to the Australian Open and will feature teams from 24 countries.

Abolished tournamentsEdit

World Tennis ChallengeEdit

Memorial Drive Park, Adelaide The World Tennis Challenge was a three night exhibition tournament held in the week before the Australian Open in Adelaide, South Australia. The tournament was created by a consortium of past players. It usually had four teams of two players, a 'legend' and a current player were paired into areas e.g. Americas or represent their countries. The current players played each other in a best of 3 match with a match tiebreaker for a 3rd set. The legends played a pro set, and the doubles if needed was a normal set with no a rules before a super tie break.

Hopman CupEdit

Perth Arena, Perth The Hopman Cup was an eight-nation tournament featuring one male and one female player representing their country. The tournament was originally played at the Burswood Dome before being moved in 2014. It has featured several of the top players, including Roger Federer, who won the last edition in Perth with compatriot Belinda Bencic.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tennis Australia". Tennis Australia. Retrieved 13 January 2013.

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