World class tennis will be back in Sydney from 11-17 January 2015 as the Apia International Sydney returns to Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre.
Defending champion and 2009 US Open winner Juan Martin del Potro will be back to defend his title, along with an incredible 22 of the world’s top 30 ranked women.
In the men’s field, del Potro will go up against fiery Italian top seed Fabio Fognini and 2014 Comeback Player of the Year David Goffin in a draw that’s sure to throw up plenty of surprises. Local stars Nick Kyrgios, who conquered Rafael Nadal to make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon this year, and 2013 champ and 2014 finalist Bernard Tomic will be doing their best to spoil the international party.
In the women’s field, 2014 Wimbledon and Fed Cup champion Petra Kvitova will be joined by other top 10 players in French Open finalist Simona Halep, 2013 champion Agnieszka Radwanska, US Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki, 2014 finalist Angelique Kerber and Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova in vying for the title. Australia’s own Samantha Stosur, one of three Grand Slam champions in the women’s field, will start as the local favourite.
For the first time ever, a men’s Legends event will storm into Sydney. Former greats Pat Cash, Henri Leconte, Mansour Bahrami and Fabrice Santoro will battle it out over three days from Tuesday 13 January to Thursday 15 January in an entertaining round robin. On Saturday 17 January, the iconic John McEnroe will take on Australia’s dual US Open champion Pat Rafter in a blockbuster curtain raiser to the men’s singles final.
For the young or just the young at heart, Kid’s Day presented by Nickelodeon returns on Monday 12 January. All your favourite Nickelodeon characters, including SpongeBob SquarePants and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, will be roaming the grounds and there will be plenty of activities and competitions for the kids. Entry to the grounds on Kid’s Day is free for children 16 years and under when accompanied by a paying adult.
2015 will also be the first year ever that the Apia Wheelchair International Sydney will be fully integrated. The world’s best wheelchair tennis players will be in action all week with a ground pass all that’s needed to catch the action. Apia International Sydney 2015, part of the Emirates Australian Open Series, is proudly supported by Apia in association with Volkswagen and The NSW Government’s tourism and major events agency Destination NSW.
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