Enjoy January in Australia with a courtside view of the tennis greats. Start the new year in sunny Brisbane watching international players warm-up for the Australian Open at the Brisbane International. See eight prestigious pairs of men and women play at Perth’s Hopman Cup. Get spectator seats to top tennis at the APIA International in Sydney’s Olympic Park. Watch the world’s best men, women and doubles teams compete in Melbourne’s Australian Open, the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, at the end of January. Off-court, enjoy a host of live entertainment and the vibrant summer lifestyle of Australia’s cities.
December - January
The Brisbane International brings world class tennis to Brisbane in the first week of January, as the greatest players in the world prepare for the Australian Open. The event attracts visitors of all ages, offering something for everyone from family and children’s activities to live music every evening. Events are played on the outdoor hard courts at Queensland Tennis Centre. In 2012, the Brisbane International won the international group award for ‘Best Fan Experience’ as voted by members of the Association of Tennis Professionals. The event saw record numbers attend the carnival of tennis, food and live entertainment.
Perth, Western Australia
For more than two decades, the Hopman Cup has been serving up some of the very best international tennis. Named in honour of Harry Hopman, one of Australia’s greatest tennis players and coaches, it is one of the first events of Australia’s summer season of tennis. Some of the world’s best players battle it out in singles and mixed doubles matches in a warm-up to the Australian Open. Finals matches have included tennis legends and champions such as Boris Becker, John McEnroe, Steffi Graf, Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Monica Seles; along with Australia’s own Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur.
Sydney, New South Wales
Be a part of the action as the superstars of the tennis world descend on Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in January for a week of spectacular tennis at the Apia International Sydney. Formerly the New South Wales Open, the Apia International Sydney, is one of the oldest tournaments in the world, dating back to 1885. It has grown to become one of the nation’s best tennis tournaments. In past events nearly 90,000 fans have packed the stadium to enjoy world-class tennis from Grand Slam champions such as Victoria Azarenka and Li Na, and Australia’s Samantha Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt.
The world’s greatest tennis players come to Melbourne Park in January for the Australian Open, the Grand Slam of the Asia-Pacific and the first Grand Slam title of the tennis season. While the international stars of tennis battle it out for the coveted trophy on the court, festivities continue around the clock in Melbourne. There are night-time music concerts and continuous live entertainment on and off the court. The Australian Open is a sporting event that blends the fun and enjoyment of tennis with social and cultural activities that celebrate Australia's love of the great outdoors.
Adelaide, South Australia
The World Tennis Challenge is an innovative entertainment event that involves a tennis competition between teams from four international regions, featuring one current and one legendary player. Previous events have included tennis legends such as Pat Rafter, Henri Leconte, Stanislas Wawrinka and John McEnroe. The challenge comprises three games taking place on two courts, which includes legends versus legends, singles matches and a doubles match. There is the opportunity to get an autograph when players meet with the public each night. The tournament was founded by Australian tennis greats Mark Woodforde, Darren Cahill and Roger Rasheed and American Jim Courier.
In the second week of January, female tennis stars have the chance to perfect their serves at the Hobart International. Watch the women battle it out at Hobart’s Domain Tennis Centre. Past events have included top women’s tennis stars from Germany, France, Switzerland, Russia, Japan, China, the USA, and of course, Australia. Between matches discover Hobart’s historic waterfront, with its sailboats, sandstone buildings and seafood restaurants. Wander historic Salamanca Place, cruise down the Derwent River and climb windswept Mt Wellington.
Burnie Tennis International
January - February
The Pro Tour (formerly the Pro Circuit) is a series of professional tennis events that act as a bridge between junior events and the ATP/WTA Tour. These events provide an opportunity for players to earn their first world ranking points. Pro Tour events are staged predominantly in regional areas across seven states and territories of Australia and engage local communities through promotional activities. The Burnie Tennis International, played in the town of Burnie in Tasmania is one of the events on ATP Challenger Tour.