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Albury to host International Tennis Tournament in 2019

Albury to host International Tennis Tournament in 2019
December 7, 2018

International tennis will return to Albury for the first time since 2003 when the Albury City Tennis International, an ITF Pro Tour tournament, returns to the town’s grass courts from 25th February to 3rd March 2019.

Albury Tennis Association, in conjunction with Albury City Council, Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW, will host top men’s players from around the world as well as a crop of up-and-coming Australian tennis stars.

They will compete for USD $25,000 in prize money and valuable international ranking points.

February will also see Albury host a Platinum Men’s AMT (Australian Money Tournament) and a Platinum Women’s AMT, seeing the month dubbed the Albury Festival of Tennis.

Platinum AMT’s are the pinnacle competition for Australian tennis players outside of the Australian Pro Tour events and provide maximum Australian ranking points.

All events will be free to watch and will also host a multitude of opportunities for locals to engage with including Come and Try sessions, childrens’ activations and other entertainment to be revealed.

Albury City Mayor Kevin Mack said the Albury City Tennis International will be a fantastic event for the local community to support and be involved with.

“Albury-Wodonga is a leading sporting community with a great track record in hosting competitions at all levels so we’re really looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best tennis players when this fantastic tournament kicks off,” said Mayor Mack.

“Not only will it give locals and visitors a chance to see high-calibre tennis, it will also provide a valuable boost to the economy and strengthen our standing as a first-class sporting destination.”

Albury Tennis Association President Ken Wurtz is excited about hosting the event.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Albury to showcase high quality tennis,” Wurtz said. 
“We’re excited about the impact that these players will have on our local clubs, schools and wider community and we’re positive that these players will enjoy some of the best country hospitality in Albury. “We encourage all locals to come down to the Albury grass courts and join in on the action.”

Tennis NSW Head of Participation Matt Starr is looking forward to supporting the event.
“We’re delighted to partner with Albury City Council and Albury Tennis Association to deliver a great spectacle for tennis in NSW,” Starr said.

“Albury has some of the best grass courts in the country and we couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome the Australian Pro Tour back to the Border.

“The event is a fantastic opportunity for Albury and the region, bringing international tennis to town for the local community to support. I’m sure it will inspire many future stars and regional players to get involved and pick up a racquet.”

Image courtesy of Tennis Australia
 

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