Australian capital of Canberra will offer tennis fans a lot of high-quality professional tennis during the upcoming Aussie summer. Between January 6-12, a combined event will take place in Canberra, including men’s ATP Challenger 125 and women’s USD$25,000 ITF World Tennis Tour event while the ACT Clay Court International offers a chance for players to compete on clay in March.
That men’s Challenger should be very strong one, with the names like Stefanos Tsitsipas, Alex de Minaur and Denis Shapovalov competing there in the previous years. Those two ITF events on clay have reached the $60,000 level, a significant improvement over the previous years as the organizers want to gather the best possible field.
“This is truly an unbelievable calendar for 2020 and the anticipation is already building for this brilliant new event in January. We are excited to once again showcase tennis in Canberra at the peak time in the Australian calendar.
Our previous events have been some of the strongest ATP Challenger Tour events on the calendar and we are excited to see the caliber of players the new event attracts. It will also be fantastic to showcase the rising stars of the women’s game with it being the first time we have hosted a women’s Pro Tour in January at the redeveloped Canberra Tennis Centre.
Pro Tour events play a critical role in the development of the next generation of players and it is exciting to follow the journey they go on after competing in Canberra. In 2016, Ashleigh Barty (Qld) competed in the ACT Claycourt International winning back to back doubles titles with Arina Rodionova (Vic) as she commenced her comeback to tennis.
It has been incredible to see Ash go from the clay courts of Canberra to the clay courts of Paris to claim the French Open title and go on to become No.1 in the world,” Tennis ACT CEO and Apis Canberra International Tournament Director, Kim Kachel.