Top athletes compete for tennis gong in Craigieburn

The top 10 male and seven of the top 10 female wheelchair tennis players will compete in the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open to take place at the Hume Tennis and Community Centre in Craigieburn from 16-20 January.

The 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open ‘Part of the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour’ will offer up to $40,000 in prizes and attract internationally-ranked players to compete in men and women, singles and doubles draws and a junior event for boys.

Hume Mayor Geoff Porter welcomed all international wheelchair athletes to Hume City for the annual open, held as part of the 2018 Australian Wheelchair Summer series.

“This is the third year the Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open has taken place in Craigieburn and I’m thrilled to warmly welcome all athletes and spectators to Hume City,” Cr Porter said.

“It is exciting for Hume City to play host to an international sporting event of this calibre, with 52 athletes from 15 different countries taking part in the competition.

“It is a testament to the quality of sporting facilities Council has invested in that the International Tennis Federation has chosen to increase the classification of the 2018 event at the Hume Tennis and Community Centre to ITF 1, which is the highest level under a Grand Slam.”

As part of the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open, Hume Tennis and Community Centre will host a range of events, providing an opportunity for aspiring players and the community to meet some of the world’s top ranked wheelchair tennis players.

  • Monday, 15 January 2018 – Welcome barbeque and official opening
  • Wednesday, 17 January 2018 – Community night with food trucks
  • Friday, 19 January 2018 – Players night and barbeque
  • Saturday, 20 January 2018 – Tournament presentation and closing ceremony.

“Attendance is free, so what a great way to keep the kids entertained this school holidays,” Cr Porter said.

“I encourage all Hume City residents to head along and check out one of the games or attend a community event to the meet the players.”

Hume City Council is proud to partner with Hume Tennis and Community Centre on the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open, providing a range of in-kind support including transportation and access to Splash Aqua Park and Leisure Centre for players.

For more information about the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open, visit www.wheelchair.tennis.com.au.

Download the order of play for day one, Wednesday 17 January 2018

Live stream the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open

A partnership between Tennis Australia and Bar TV Sports will see the semi-finals and finals action of the 2018 Melbourne Wheelchair Tennis Open broadcast live streamed for free.

The high definition live stream will be available across multiple sites with host venue Hume Tennis and Community Centre and the ITF providing the platforms with the stream viewable via:

 Live streaming will show all the semi-final and finals action from Friday 19 January and Saturday 20 January with morning matches starting at 11am.

 

Posted on 1:00 PM, 12 January 2018


Updated : 10:57 AM, 17 January 2018

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