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Rub shoulders with international tennis stars
If you are a die-hard fan of international tennis, the Brisbane International event is a great place to usher in the New Year. With vibrant festivities, music, entertainment from Nova and some world-class tennis performances, why not share the special day with your favourite professional tennis players?
On New Year's Eve, Sam Stosur (World No 9), Australia's top female player and winner of the Newcombe Medal will be taking centre stage at the Pat Rafter Arena, showing off her well-honed tennis skills in an exciting match. There is a live band to entertain you from 5.30pm at Tennis Central before her match and at half-time plus freebies and giveaways at the Suncorp Clubhouse, Lexus, Nova, Courier Mail and Channel Seven sites and Sirromet Wine Bar for the adults.
Gates open at 4.30pm on New Years Eve and family tickets are on offer for $82.90 (two adults and two children or one adult and three children). If you want to meet Sam before the event, the official draw ceremony will be held at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Carindale from 10:30 am on Saturday 29 December 2012.
On New Year's Day itself, the Brisbane International is the place to be for little tennis fans at the Suncorp SunWise Kid's Day from 10 am. Entry is free for children 16 years and under if accompanied by a paying adult and all kids will receive a free accreditation pass prior to entering the precinct and be supplied with a free show bag full of goodies.
Little fans can play Tennis Hot Shots on the mini courts, have their photo taken with the Brisbane International trophies, meet Terry the Tennis Ball, stop by for some art and crafts or enjoy the jumping castle and rock climbing wall whilst soaking up the world-class tennis action on the match courts. Not to mention the number one drawcard – the opportunity to meet their favourite tennis stars. It is definitely a day jam-packed full of action and fun. Kids will need to go to the website and pre-register for the event.
I attended the Brisbane International last year and I will be attending it again this year. Watching the top tennis professionals battling it out on the court is an exciting, nail-biting experience especially if you have your personal favourites and you are a tennis player yourself. There is nothing more effective to improve your game than observing and learning from the professionals. If you don't play tennis, don't let that stop you. The event itself is nicely run, and attending it is similar to watching a theatre performance or a Broadway show – pure entertainment as the players put on the best show they can.
Male players include Andy Murray, Lleyton Hewitt, Radek Stepanek, Kei Nishikori, Alexand Dolgopolov and Gilles Simon just to name a few. Female players include eight of the top ten players in the world. Other than Sam Stosur, be prepared to watch the skills of Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Daniela Hantuchova, Caroline Wozniacki, Sara Errani and many more talented players.
Ground tickets cost $16.90 and the Brisbane International is held at the Queensland Tennis Centre, 190 King Arthur Tce, Tennyson, Brisbane 4105. If you pre-purchase your tickets, you can travel free to and from the Brisbane International with TransLink on Queensland Rail train and Brisbane Transport bus services. Pre-purchased event tickets are available for travel on TransLink event shuttle buses, Queensland Rail train and Brisbane Transport bus services on the day of the event. Event tickets purchased at the Queensland Tennis box office at the venue, on the day of the event, are only valid for free post-event travel.