The Brisbane International established in 2009 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 just before the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open as part of the Australian Open Series. It is owned by Tennis Australia.
|Event name||Brisbane International|
|Location||Adelaide, SA (1880–2008) |
Brisbane, Queensland (since 2009)
|Venue||Queensland Tennis Centre|
|Surface||Hard (Plexicushion) - outdoors|
|Current champions (2019)|
|Men's singles||Kei Nishikori|
|Women's singles||Karolína Plíšková|
|Men's doubles|| Marcus Daniell |
|Women's doubles|| Nicole Melichar |
In 1997, the Corel WTA Tour created a new event –played on outdoor hardcourts– in Gold Coast, Queensland. The Tier III Gold Coast Classic was added the three preexisting tournaments of Auckland, Sydney and Hobart, and became one of the two events held in the first week of the women's calendar, parallel to the men's Adelaide tournament. Various players, among which Ai Sugiyama, Justine Henin, Patty Schnyder or Venus Williams found success over the years at the low tier tune-up event for the Australian Open. The Gold Coast Classic became the Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourts in 1998, took the sponsorship of Uncle Tobys in 2003, becoming Uncle Tobys Hardcourts, and changed names again in 2006 to Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts.
Meanwhile, the ATP International Series Australian Hard Court Championships in Adelaide, which had evolved into the AAPT Championships in 1999, Next Generation Hardcourts in 2005, and Next Generation Adelaide International in 2006 had become one of the three stops of the calendar's first week, alongside the Qatar Open of Doha, Qatar, and the Chennai Open of Chennai, India.
As both the men's and the women's tour calendars were to undergo important changes from 2008 to 2009, with the WTA inaugurating its new roadmap of International and Premier tournaments, and the ATP Tour becoming the ATP World Tour, with new Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, it was decided in 2006 to merge the Next Generation Adelaide International and the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts into a larger ATP-WTA joint tournament in Brisbane, leading, similarly to the joint Medibank International Sydney, to the Australian Open. Tennis Australia chief Steve Wood commented on the shift: "One of the reasons we are doing this is that there's a rise of more lucrative overseas tournaments in the lead-up to the Australian Open offering increasingly attractive alternatives to the top players looking to prepare for the first Grand Slam. [...] So we really wanted them to invest in having them continue to prepare here in Australia, on the road to the Australian Open." The first Brisbane International took place in Brisbane's newly built Tennyson Tennis Centre – and its Patrick Rafter-named Centre Court – in January 2009. In time for the 2012 event the tournament was promoted to a premier event on the WTA tour.
In the men's singles Andy Murray (2012–13) holds the record for most titles with two and Murray concurrently holds the record for most consecutive titles. In the women's singles Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013, 2014) share the record for most titles with two.
|Brisbane||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 (2)||Lesia Tsurenko||4–6, 7–5, 6–2|
|Brisbane||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(7–0), 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|
|Brisbane||2009|| Marc Gicquel
| Fernando Verdasco
|2010|| Jérémy Chardy
| Lukáš Dlouhý
|2011|| Lukáš Dlouhý
| Robert Lindstedt
|2012|| Max Mirnyi
| Jürgen Melzer
|2013|| Marcelo Melo
| Eric Butorac
|4–6, 6–1, [10–5]|
|2014|| Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Daniel Nestor (2)
| Juan Sebastián Cabal
|6-7(4–7), 6–4, [10–7]|
|2015|| Jamie Murray
| Alexandr Dolgopolov
|2016|| Henri Kontinen
John Peers (2)
| James Duckworth
|2017|| Thanasi Kokkinakis
| Gilles Müller
|2018|| Henri Kontinen (2)
John Peers (3)
| Leonardo Mayer
|3–6, 6–3, [10–2]|
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