Tennis Australia announced great news for fans of the game in South Australia today.
A one-off event, ‘A Day at the Drive,’ will be held at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre on Friday, the 29th of January and will feature eight of the world’s best players. Six of the players have already been announced, and between them all is a combined 66 Grand Slam titles.
The field of players currently includes, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem, Simona Halep and Naomi Osaka. Further players will be announced “in due course.”
This specific group of players will arrive in Adelaide from January 14th and undertake their mandatory quarantine in South Australia instead of Melbourne.
The event will have a reduced venue capacity in line with the State Governments requirements.
A Day at the Drive will provide fans with two separate sessions, ensuring that spectators of the game will have the best opportunity possible to observe the world’s best in their own backyard.
“A Day at the Drive will be a truly star-studded field and presents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the South Australian public to see some of these tennis players right here in our own backyard,” Tennis SA CEO Debbie Sterrey said.
After the Australian Open, the tennis doesn’t stop, as Memorial Drive will also host WTA 500 Adelaide International from February 22nd to 27th.
“The Adelaide International event will be played straight after the Australian Open and will close out the international tennis season down under,” South Australian Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing Corey Wingard said.
“Several of the top 10 female players in the world are expected to compete in the Adelaide International – many already know Memorial Drive and love playing here.”
South Australian Premier Steven Marshall said he was excited to showcase the recently renovated Memorial Drive as a “world-class tennis precinct.”
“These two tournaments are a real coup for South Australia,” Marshall stated.
“To have players of this calibre playing at Memorial Drive is an absolute win for local tennis fans and the South Australian public.”
More information on tickets for A Day at the Drive will be released shortly.