Hobart International Director Darren Sturgess, Sports Minister Nic Street and two young players
State government funding of $300,000 annually for Hobart’s Tennis International has been set in place for 5 years.
In the past, the womens tournament has been a popular warm up for big names such as Serena Williams for the Australian Open.
The support forms part of the Events Tasmania Major Partnerships Program.
Part of a statement from Sports Minister Nic Street:
“Tennis is a global sport, with the Hobart International event being one of only a few annual international sporting products in the State.
It will bring world class sporting content to Tasmanians in their own backyard, and delivers significant global reach through multiple television broadcasts and online media coverage.
90% of the tournament players travel to Hobart from overseas to play, in what remains the only dedicated annual international women’s tennis event in Australia, leading into the Australian Open.
Events like the Hobart International bring world-class sports entertainment to our island and in doing so showcase Tasmania to the world.
We are proud to be a key partner of Tennis Tasmania and Tennis Australia for the next five years.
Prices start from $25 for adults and entry is free for children with a paying adult during the entire event, including finals.
Tickets for the Hobart International are on sale now www.ticketmaster.com.au/hobart-international-tickets/artist/2686782.”