Mildura on the agenda
By Tennis Australia
Bernard has added the $50,000 Mildura Grand Tennis International to his proposed playing schedule for 2009.
Bernard Tomic, reputedly the best 16-year-old tennis player in the world and rising West Australian teenager Brydan Klein have won the last two Australian Open boys singles titles have signaled there intentions to headline next year’s tournament.
“Brydan is giving every indication he will be back to defend his title, and Bernard Tomic has also expressed his intent to play the Pro Circuit events in 2009,” Tennis Australia’s Manager of Tournaments and Competitions, Cameron Pearson, said.
“Add in the possibilities of Optus Australian Davis Cup debutants Robert Smeets, Carsten Ball, and a sprinkling of international players and you have a recipe for high quality tennis.”
With the world tennis spotlight on Australia during the summer the Mildura Grand Tennis International will match and maybe even surpass the field that contested the inaugural event in 2008.
“Tennis is synonymous with the Australian summer and athletes from all around the world come to Australia to compete in the Australian Open in January.
This will ensure an international flavour in the women’s field also, just like the inaugural event earlier this year,” Pearson said.
“Joining the international players, it is anticipated that Optus Australian Fed Cup player Jessica Moore will compete, as will the Optus Australian Junior Fed Cup representatives Sally Peers, Isabella Holland and Olivia Rogowska who won the World Junior Championships in 2007.”
The success of the inaugural event in 2008 – the largest tennis event in the region since the 1998 Davis Cup tie between Australia and Zimbabwe – has ensured the Mildura Grand Tennis International has become a regular on the Pro Circuit calendar.
The event will run from Monday 9 February and culminate with the men’s and women’s finals on Sunday 15 February. On offer are valuable world ranking points, prize money and competition experience for players seeking to graduate to the elite ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA tours.
“Integral to the success of an event like this is the support of our sponsors and I’d like to recognise the valuable contribution of the Mildura Rural City Council and the Quality Hotel Mildura Grand,” Pearson said.
“The local community has always been really supportive of tennis and with a world class tennis complex in Mildura, I’d encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the action at the Mildura Grand Tennis International next February.”
Mildura Rural City Council CEO, Phil Pearce, said, “The Council is proud of the partnership we have with Tennis Australia and this wonderful international tennis event, and are delighted to present another major event for our community’s enjoyment and development. Hosting this tournament, in addition to the National Junior Grasscourt Championships in April means we continue to profile Mildura as a major grass court centre in Australia.”
Simon Cox, General Manager of the Quality Hotel Mildura Grand, said, “The Quality Hotel Mildura Grand is very pleased to be involved once again with Tennis Australia in sponsoring the Mildura Grand Tennis International. We look forward to once again welcoming the many domestic and international tennis visitors who visit the Mildura region during the Mildura Grand Tennis International, and look forward to an exciting week of tennis.”