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Bendigo to host international wheelchair tennis prior to Australian Open
Bendigo will host its first ITF Wheelchair Super Series, the Bendigo Wheelchair Tennis Open 2019 at Fosterville Gold Tennis Centre from 9th to 13th January next year.
Being held ahead of Australian Open 2019, the event is the highest grade international wheelchair tennis event on the ITF calendar outside of the Grand Slams and is a major drawcard for players competing in the men’s, women’s and quad divisions.
Bendigo Tennis Centre General Manager Dean Skrobalak says he’s delighted to play host to an array of talent, stating it’s only the start of the city’s bright future in tennis.
Skrobalak advised “we’re both honoured and excited to be hosting such a significant event on the ITF calendar.
“The Fosterville Gold Tennis Centre here in Bendigo is built for such events and we aim to showcase our ability to do so.
“We couldn’t be prouder that Tennis Australia have chosen our venue for the Super Series level tournament and we hope to host many more significant tennis events in the future now that we have a 400-seat stadium to finish our world class venue.”
Victorian hero Dylan Alcott will lead the quad field alongside Australian compatriot Heath Davidson, while Alcott’s fiercest rivals David Wagner and Andy Lapthorne will also compete at the event.
The event has been praised by Alcott, who sees it as the perfect lead-up event into what promises to be a testing Australian Open tournament.
Alcott stated “I’m really looking forward to heading to Bendigo to compete. The tournament is a perfect platform for my preparation ahead of the Australian Open where I’m aiming to win my fifth consecutive title.”
Images: Bendigo Tennis Centre (top and middle, courtesy of the Bendigo Tennis Academy) and Dylan Alcott (below, courtesy of Tennis Australia).
10th October 2018 - 2019 Australian Open prepares to showcase ‘worlds best’ player facilities
26th June 2018 - Channel Nine agrees 2019 Australian Open broadcast deal
14th October 2017 - Virtual reality walk-through for Bendigo’s new indoor stadium
8th August 2017 - Australian Open invests in community tennis
15th February 2017 - Disabled Wintersport Australia strikes deal with revolutioniseSPORT
5th September 2016 - Australian Open extends court surface partnership
19th November 2015 - Richard Amon moves to head Disability Sport & Recreation
4th March 2013 - Sports facility boost for Bendigo
3rd August 2012 - New pavilion brings together community and sport under the one roof
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