Profile | Brisbane International
This popular Australian Open warm up event takes place in a city used to elite tennis
By Stephen Higgins | 3 January 2018
Name Brisbane International
Dates First week of January
Surface Outdoor hard
Tour ATP & WTA
Tier ATP 250 & Premier
2018 Prize Money (ATP) $468,910 | (WTA) $894,700
Location The tournament is held at Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson, a suburb of Brisbane
Brisbane is a city with true tennis heritage. Queensland’s capital hosted the very first Australian Open tournament in 1969 at Milton Courts, a facility since redeveloped and renamed as Frew Park.
The Milton Tennis Centre was opened in 1915 and hosted eight Australian championships and a number of Davis Cup ties in its time.
With the stands in disrepair and Tennis Queensland suffering from strained finances, Milton was closed in 1999. The State Library of Queensland has written a nice history of the complex if you’d like to know more.
A decade after the old Milton Courts closed, Brisbane was given a new tennis centre to admire when The Queensland Tennis Centre opened in the suburb of Tennyson.
The AUD$82 million development boasts a 5,500 seat arena named for two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter, 16 outdoor hard courts, four clay courts and two grass courts.
The first edition of this joint ATP/WTA event, held in January 2009, attracted a sturdy cast of players. The then world no.1 Ana Ivanovic was joined in the draw by Novak Djokovic, Victoria Azarenka, Amelie Mauresmo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Tomas Berdych.
In the years since its launch, the Brisbane International has grown to become a respected and popular warm up event for the Australian Open.
2018 will see the 10th edition of the Brisbane International. The very first outing saw Victoria Azarenka and Radek Stepanek claim the women’s and men’s singles titles respectively.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams and Azarenka are joint leaders overall with two titles apiece. Williams claimed the trophy in 2013 and ‘14 while the Belarusian added a second career title in 2016.
Andy Murray has the most men’s singles titles (2) after he went back-to-back in 2012 and ‘13. Other noteworthy champions include Andy Roddick (2010) and Roger Federer (2015).
|2017||Grigor Dimitrov||Karolina Pliskova|
|2016||Milos Raonic||Victoria Azarenka|
|2015||Roger Federer||Maria Sharapova|
|2014||Lleyton Hewitt||Serena Williams|
|2013||Andy Murray||Serena Williams|
Three Interesting Facts
- Lleyton Hewitt is the only Australian singles champion in the tournament’s history. The former world no.1 claimed the title in 2014.
- No singles player of either gender has won both the Brisbane International and Australian Open in the same campaign.
- Kaia Kanepi, Estonia’s greatest ever player, claimed the biggest title of her career in Tennyson. Kanepi defeated Daniela Hantuchova 6-2 6-1 in the 2012 women’s singles final.