Brisbane International

The Brisbane International established in 2009 is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Brisbane, Queensland. It is a WTA Premier tournament of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour and was part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour until 2019, when it was dropped from the ATP Tour.

Brisbane International
Tournament information
Event nameBrisbane International
Founded2009 (2009) [1]
LocationAdelaide, SA (1880–2008)
Brisbane, Queensland (since 2009)
VenueQueensland Tennis Centre
SurfaceHard (Plexicushion) - outdoors
Websitebrisbaneinternational.com.au
Current champions (2019)
Men's singles Kei Nishikori
Women's singles Karolína Plíšková
Men's doubles Marcus Daniell
Wesley Koolhof
Women's doubles Nicole Melichar
Květa Peschke
ATP World Tour
Category250 series
Draw28S / 16Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$468,910 (2018)
WTA Tour
CategoryWTA Premier
Draw30S / 32Q / 16D
Prize moneyUS$1,000,000 (2019)

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.

History

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, Qatar, and the Chennai Open of Chennai, 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]

Past finals

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 Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016), Serena Williams (2013, 2014) and Karolina Pliskova (2017,2019) share the record for most titles with two.

Women's Singles

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2009 Victoria Azarenka Marion Bartoli6–3, 6–1
2010 Kim Clijsters Justine Henin6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
2011 Petra Kvitová Andrea Petkovic6–1, 6–3
  Premier tournament  
2012 Kaia Kanepi Daniela Hantuchová6–2, 6–1
2013 Serena Williams Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova6–2, 6–1
2014 Serena Williams (2) Victoria Azarenka6–4, 7–5
2015 Maria Sharapova Ana Ivanovic6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
2016 Victoria Azarenka (2) Angelique Kerber6–3, 6–1
2017 Karolína Plíšková Alizé Cornet6–0, 6–3
2018 Elina Svitolina Aliaksandra Sasnovich6–2, 6–1
2019 Karolína Plíšková (2) Lesia Tsurenko4–6, 7–5, 6–2

Men's Singles

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2009 Radek Štěpánek Fernando Verdasco3–6, 6–3, 6–4
2010 Andy Roddick Radek Štěpánek7–6(7–2), 7–6(9–7)
2011 Robin Söderling Andy Roddick6–3, 7–5
2012 Andy Murray Alexandr Dolgopolov6–1, 6–3
2013 Andy Murray (2) Grigor Dimitrov7–6(7–0), 6–4
2014 Lleyton Hewitt Roger Federer6–1, 4–6, 6–3
2015 Roger Federer Milos Raonic6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–4
2016 Milos Raonic Roger Federer6–4, 6–4
2017 Grigor Dimitrov Kei Nishikori6–2, 2–6, 6–3
2018 Nick Kyrgios Ryan Harrison6–4, 6–2
2019 Kei Nishikori Daniil Medvedev6–4, 3–6, 6–2

Women's Doubles

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

Men's Doubles

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 retired
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]

See also

References

  1. Pearce, Linda (8 July 2006). "Adelaide event shifts to Brisbane - Tennis - Sport - theage.com.au". www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 4 October 2017.
  2. "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. Pearce, Linda (8 July 2006). "Adelaide event shifts to Brisbane". theage.com.au. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  4. "atpworldtour.com Brisbane International profile". atpworldtour.com. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  5. "sonyericssonwtatour.com Brisbane International profile". sonyericssonwtatour.com. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 25 December 2008.
  6. http://www.worldtennismagazine.com/archives/4513
  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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