Brisbane to host Davis Cup Quarter Final
Brisbane’s Queensland Tennis Centre will host Australia’s tie against the United States in the Davis Cup World Group quarterfinals from April 7 to 9.
Kate Jones, Queensland Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, joined Geoff Quinlan, Tennis Queensland CEO and Brisbane International Tournament Director, to make the announcement today.
Queensland Tennis Centre will host the 47th meeting between the two most successful nations in Davis Cup history, having staged the ninth edition of the Brisbane International in January, which attracted almost 100,000 spectators.
It will be the third time Queensland Tennis Centre has hosted a Davis Cup tie, but the first time a World Group quarterfinal has been held at the Brisbane venue.
In May 2010, Pat Rafter Arena was converted to a clay court to stage the Asia / Oceania Group One semi final between Australia and Japan, before hosting the same level of tie against Korea on hardcourt in April 2012.
On both occasions, the host nation won 5-0 and Australia’s Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt, who won all three of his rubbers against Japan in 2010, is hoping Queensland Tennis Centre can again prove a happy hunting ground when his team tackle their American counterparts in April.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing at Pat Rafter Arena, and given Australia’s great Davis Cup record there it was the obvious choice to host our tie against the United States,” Hewitt said.
“The Brisbane International has gone from strength to strength in recent years and has really grown in popularity, and the quality of the venue has played a large part in the development of the tournament. Queenslanders love their tennis, so I’m sure they’ll come out in big numbers to support the boys.”
Geoff Quinlan, Tennis Queensland CEO and Brisbane International Tournament Director, is proud the Davis Cup is returning to Pat Rafter Arena.
“The success of this year’s Brisbane International again proved that Queensland Tennis Centre is very capable of hosting a world-class international tournament, so we are delighted to have been chosen for what promises to be a magnificent match-up between Australia and the United States,” he said.
“Pat Rafter Arena has never hosted a tie of this magnitude before, so I’m certain these two great rival nations will fight out another exciting contest and thrill the fans here, who have consistently been great supporters of tennis.”
Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, said securing the Davis Cup quarterfinal was a real coup for Brisbane following another successful Brisbane International in January.
“This event will be a major drawcard for tennis fans keen to see the legendary on-court rivalry between Australia and the USA at Pat Rafter Arena,” Ms Jones said.
“The strong partnership between Tourism and Events Queensland and Tennis Queensland will deliver another marquee event for our state’s tourism calendar, which is worth an estimated $600 million this year.”
The Lord Mayor of Brisbane City Council, Graham Quirk, believes that as Queensland’s capital of sport, Brisbane is the perfect destination for major tennis events such as the Davis Cup.
“Tennis fans have plenty to get excited about as, after a successful 2017 Brisbane International, we will once again have world-class tennis on offer here in Brisbane,” Cr Quirk said.
“This is a great coup for the city and cements our growing international reputation for major events, and we look forward to welcoming tennis fans from across Australia and beyond for an action-packed David Cup quarterfinal.”
Multi-session tickets for the Davis Cup tie will go on sale from 12 noon AEST on Tuesday 28 February.
Three-day ticket packages are $150 for adults, $25 for children or $325 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) and can be purchased at ticketek.com.au/daviscup or by calling 132 849. Alternatively, tickets can be bought in person at Ticketek agencies as listed here.
Earlier this month, the United States progressed to the quarterfinals after defeating Switzerland 5-0 in the World Group first round tie in Alabama, whilst Australia comfortably beat Czech Republic 4-1 on hardcourt at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
Australia is second only to the Americans on the all-time list of Davis Cup champions, having won the title 28 times to the United States’ 32.
The last time Australia faced the United States in the Davis Cup was in the World Group first round at Kooyong last year, which the visitors won 3-1.
The winner of this tie will face either Italy or Belgium in the semi finals from September 15 to 17.
Australia, the eighth ranked nation by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), last won the Davis Cup in 2003, whilst the United States, the 11th ranked nation, last lifted the trophy in 2007.
Team nominations will be announced 10 days out from the tie.
News Source: Tennis Australia
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