Brisbane International

Coordinates: 27°31′30.12″S 153°0′26.06″E / 27.5250333°S 153.0072389°E / -27.5250333; 153.0072389

The Brisbane International established in 2009 is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hardcourts in Brisbane, Queensland in Australia. It is a WTA Premier tournament of the WTA Tour and was part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the ATP World Tour until 2019, when it was dropped from the ATP Tour.

Brisbane International
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Tournament information
Event nameBrisbane International
Founded2009; 14 years ago (2009) [1]
LocationAdelaide, SA (1880–2008)
Brisbane, Queensland (since 2009)
VenueQueensland Tennis Centre
SurfaceHard (Plexicushion) – outdoors
Current champions (2020)
Women's singlesCzech Republic Karolína Plíšková
Women's doublesChinese Taipei Hsieh Su-wei
Czech Republic Barbora Strýcová
ATP Tour
Category250 series
Draw28S / 16Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$ 529,680 (2019)
WTA Tour
CategoryWTA Premier
Draw30S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$ 1,500,000 (2020)
The 2010 men's singles runner-up, Radek Štěpánek, won the first edition of the event held in Brisbane
Victoria Azarenka won her first career title one year later in Brisbane in 2009, and would win the tournament once again in 2016
Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt won the tournament once in (2014)
Inside of Pat Rafter Arena during a day session

The tournament is held annually in January at the Queensland Tennis Centre just before the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open (part of the Australian Open Series). It is owned by Tennis Australia.


In 1997, the Corel WTA Tour created a new event –played on outdoor hardcourts– in Gold Coast, Queensland.[2] The Tier III Gold Coast Classic was added to 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.[2]

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, and the Chennai Open in 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.[3] 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."[3] The first Brisbane International took place in Brisbane's newly built Tennyson Tennis Centre – and its Patrick Rafter-named Centre Court – in January 2009.[4][5] In time for the 2012 event the tournament was promoted to a premier event on the WTA tour.[6]

Following the 2019 edition, the tournament was no longer recognised as an ATP event, due to the creation of the ATP Cup (played at the same venue). The tournament continued as WTA-sanctioned event for female tennis players.[7]

Following the Covid-19 pandemic which saw the WTA Premier Event move to Adelaide for the 2021 and 2022 season, along with the departure of the ATP Cup to Melbourne in 2021 and Sydney in 2022, there is growing speculation that neither event will return in 2023. It's likely that both will be replaced by the ATP and WTA 250 events that were held as part of the Melbourne Summer set in 2022.

Past finalsEdit

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, Karolína Plíšková (2017,2019–20) owns the record for most titles with three.

Women's singlesEdit

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
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
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
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
2020   Karolína Plíšková (3)   Madison Keys 6–4, 4–6, 7–5

Men's singlesEdit

Location Year Champion Runner-up Score
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

Women's doublesEdit

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2009   Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Vania King
  Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
2010   Andrea Hlaváčková
  Lucie Hradecká
  Melinda Czink
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]
2011   Alisa Kleybanova
  Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
  Klaudia Jans
  Alicja Rosolska
6–3, 7–5
↓  Premier tournament  ↓
2012   Nuria Llagostera Vives
  Arantxa Parra Santonja
  Raquel Kops-Jones
  Abigail Spears
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)
2013   Bethanie Mattek-Sands
  Sania Mirza
  Anna-Lena Grönefeld
  Květa Peschke
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
2014   Alla Kudryavtseva
  Anastasia Rodionova
  Kristina Mladenovic
  Galina Voskoboeva
6–3, 6–1
2015   Martina Hingis
  Sabine Lisicki
  Caroline Garcia
  Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 7–5
2016   Martina Hingis (2)
  Sania Mirza (2)
  Angelique Kerber
  Andrea Petkovic
7–5, 6–1
2017   Bethanie Mattek-Sands (2)
  Sania Mirza (3)
  Ekaterina Makarova
  Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–3
2018   Kiki Bertens
  Demi Schuurs
  Andreja Klepač
  María José Martínez Sánchez
7–5, 6–2
2019   Nicole Melichar
  Květa Peschke
  Chan Hao-Ching
  Latisha Chan
6–1, 6–1
2020   Hsieh Su-wei
  Barbora Strýcová
  Ashleigh Barty
  Kiki Bertens
3–6, 7–6(9–7), [10–8]

Men's doublesEdit

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2009   Marc Gicquel
  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
  Fernando Verdasco
  Mischa Zverev
6–4, 6–3
2010   Jérémy Chardy
  Marc Gicquel
  Lukáš Dlouhý
  Leander Paes
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2011   Lukáš Dlouhý
  Paul Hanley
  Robert Lindstedt
  Horia Tecău
6–4, Ret.
2012   Max Mirnyi
  Daniel Nestor
  Jürgen Melzer
  Philipp Petzschner
6–1, 6–2
2013   Marcelo Melo
  Tommy Robredo
  Eric Butorac
  Paul Hanley
4–6, 6–1, [10–5]
2014   Mariusz Fyrstenberg
  Daniel Nestor (2)
  Juan Sebastián Cabal
  Robert Farah
6-7(4–7), 6–4, [10–7]
2015   Jamie Murray
  John Peers
  Alexandr Dolgopolov
  Kei Nishikori
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2016   Henri Kontinen
  John Peers (2)
  James Duckworth
  Chris Guccione
7–6(7–4), 6–1
2017   Thanasi Kokkinakis
  Jordan Thompson
  Gilles Müller
  Sam Querrey
7–6(9–7), 6–4
2018   Henri Kontinen (2)
  John Peers (3)
  Leonardo Mayer
  Horacio Zeballos
3–6, 6–3, [10–2]
2019   Marcus Daniell
  Wesley Koolhof
  Rajeev Ram
  Joe Salisbury
6–4, 7–6(8–6)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pearce, Linda (8 July 2006). "Adelaide event shifts to Brisbane – Tennis – Sport –". Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b "WTA Finals - 2014 to 1971" (PDF). Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 May 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  3. ^ a b Pearce, Linda (8 July 2006). "Adelaide event shifts to Brisbane". Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  4. ^ " Brisbane International profile". Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  5. ^ " Brisbane International profile". Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Wozniacki takes Brussels, Petkovic wins Strasbourg and Almagro victory in Nice – Mondays with Bob Greene". 23 May 2011.
  7. ^ "ATP confirms big names set to kick off season at inaugural ATP Cup draw in Sydney". ABC News. 17 September 2019. The ATP Cup will replace the male competition at the Brisbane International. The Brisbane tournament will continue as a women's only event, while the Sydney International comes off the tennis calendar.

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