Brisbane International to hit a grand slam with Ash Barty

Brisbane International to hit a grand slam with Ash Barty

Women's world number one tennis player Ash Barty will hit the courts at the Brisbane International in 2020.

The Ipswich-born world champ was announced as a Brisbane International contender at a special event in Brisbane this morning, with 70 young tennis players welcoming the world's best back home.

"Ash is a global superstar so having her compete in the Brisbane International is fantastic news for the event and it means tennis fans around Queensland and Australia have a chance to see her in action," says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

"She's not only an amazing tennis player and champion but she's a great Queenslander and role model.

Barty says it will be a special moment for her when she steps onto the Brisbane courts in January.

"I have always enjoyed amazing support in Brisbane and feel so incredibly lucky to play at home," says Barty.

"The Brisbane International always attracts an incredibly strong field because it's the perfect start to the season and great preparation for the Australian Open."

Brisbane International Tournament Director Mark Handley expects Barty will add an extra level of excitement to the event.

"This will be the first time Queensland fans will have the chance to see Ash play in her home state after her extraordinary achievements this year," says Handley.

"Queenslanders are rightly proud of Ash, how she holds herself on and off court and what she's been able to achieve is an inspiration for all Australians."

Barty won the French Open in Paris in June to become the first Australian to win the event since Margaret Court in 1973, and she is the first Australian woman in 43 years since Evonne Goolagong in 1976 to top the world rankings.

She is also the second Australian female player in history to top the world rankings.

The Brisbane International attracts tens of thousands of tennis fans and injects around $10 million into the Queensland economy every year.

Business News Australia is proud to be partnering with this event. For more information about corporate packages click here, or contact Michael Murphy, Corporate Sales Manager | Tennis Australia: [email protected]  Ph: +61 7 3120 7933

Never miss a news update, subscribe here. Follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.

Business News Australia

Help us deliver quality journalism to you.
As a free and independent news site providing daily updates
during a period of unprecedented challenges for businesses everywhere
we call on your support

How communications technology can raise the bar on customer service, employee experience
Partner Content
From capturing feedback early to providing messages with a higher rate of cut-through, ...
Advertisement

Related Stories

Apollo to divest large share of motorhome fleet to get Tourism Holdings merger over the line

Apollo to divest large share of motorhome fleet to get Tourism Holdings merger over the line

In an effort to appease Australian and New Zealand regulator concer...

Dexus awards John Holland building contract in $2.1b Waterfront Brisbane project

Dexus awards John Holland building contract in $2.1b Waterfront Brisbane project

After securing an $830 million contract from Dexus (ASX: DXS), Melb...

QLD to launch Star Entertainment review in July as former judge appointed to probe casino operator

QLD to launch Star Entertainment review in July as former judge appointed to probe casino operator

Casino operations that account for more than half of The Star Enter...

'The largest event since the Olympics': SXSW goes Down Under with Sydney offshoot

'The largest event since the Olympics': SXSW goes Down Under with Sydney offshoot

For the first time in its 36-year history, the famed SXSW (South by...