Brisbane International

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Coordinates: 27°31′30.12″S 153°0′26.06″E / 27.5250333°S 153.0072389°E / -27.5250333; 153.0072389

Brisbane International
Brisbane International logo.svg
Tournament information
Event name Brisbane International
Location Adelaide, SA (1972–2008)
Brisbane, Queensland (2009–present)
Venue Queensland Tennis Centre
Surface Plexicushion
ATP World Tour
Category ATP World Tour 250 series
Draw 32M/32Q/16D
Prize money $461,330
WTA Tour
Category WTA Premier
Draw 32M/32Q/16D
Prize money $1,000,000
The 2010 men's singles runner-up, Radek Štěpánek, won the first edition of the event held in Brisbane
2008 Gold Coast runner-up Victoria Azarenka eventually won her first career title one year later in Brisbane, and would win the tournament again in 2016
Former World No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt reached four finals from 1998-2000 and 2014, winning on three occasions (1998, 2000, 2014)
Ai Sugiyama won the singles title twice and the doubles title once, reaching an additional singles final in Gold Coast
Patty Schnyder won the singles title twice in Gold Coast, in 1999 and 2005
Dinara Safina was successful at the event, winning the singles once, and the doubles three consecutive times between 2006 and 2008
Inside of Pat Rafter Arena during a day session

The Brisbane International is a professional tennis tournament played on outdoor hard courts in Brisbane, Queensland. It is part of the ATP World Tour 250 series of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour and of the WTA Premier tournaments of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) Tour. It is held annually in January at the Queensland Tennis Centre just before the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open as part of the Australian Open Series. It is owned by Tennis Australia.


The origins of the Brisbane International trace back to the early 1970s, when the Grand Prix tennis circuit, formed in 1970, and which ran concurrently with other tours as the World Championship Tennis circuit, decided to feature on its calendar an event in Queensland to develop a South West Pacific season around the Australian Open - then taking place in Brisbane - alongside other Oceanian events of Sydney, New South Wales; Hobart, Tasmania; and Auckland, New Zealand. The Adelaide-based South Australian Tennis Championships, running as an amateur, then as a State championship, since 1889, were brought to the professional circuit in 1972. The first professional edition of the men's event, played, like the Australian Open, on outdoor grass courts, saw the victory of Soviet Alex Metreveli over Kim Warwick, while the women's event, still not featured in either the Commercial Union Grand Prix circuit or the Virginia Slims circuit, saw Australian Evonne Goolagong win the title.[1]

The tournament had a chaotic history over the following years, taking place on the professional tour again in 1974, in 1977, as the Marlboro-sponsored South Australian Men's Tennis Classic,[2] and in 1979, as the South Australian Open,[3] before it started a regular run in 1981 under the latter title. Moved from January to December in the Grand Prix circuit calendars of the early 1980s, the South Australian Open sealed its place as the opening event of the season in 1987, when it was scheduled again in January, following the return of the Australian Open as the first Grand Slam event of the year. After the surface change of the Australian Open, the tournament also switched to hard courts, starting with the 1988 edition. During the 1980s, the event saw the victories of Australian players as Wally Masur, Mark Woodforde, Mark Kratzmann or Darren Cahill. The taking over of the tour's organization in 1990 by the Association of Tennis Professionals led to several changes, when the tournament, an ATP World Series event, became the Australian Men's Hardcourt Championships, and the prize money increased from $93,000 to $125,000.

In 1997, the Corel WTA Tour created a new event –played on outdoor hardcourts– in Gold Coast, Queensland.[4] The Tier III Gold Coast Classic was added the three preexisting tournaments of Auckland, Sydney and Hobart, and became one of the two events held in the first week of the women's calendar, parallel to the men's Adelaide tournament. Various players, among which Ai Sugiyama, Justine Henin, Patty Schnyder or Venus Williams found success over the years at the low tier tune-up event for the Australian Open. The Gold Coast Classic became the Thalgo Australian Women's Hardcourts in 1998, took the sponsorship of Uncle Tobys in 2003, becoming Uncle Tobys Hardcourts, and changed names again in 2006 to Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts.[4]

Meanwhile, the ATP International Series Adelaide, which had evolved into the AAPT Championships in 1999, Next Generation Hardcourts in 2005, and Next Generation Adelaide International in 2006 had become one of the three stops of the calendar's first week, alongside the Qatar Open of Doha, Qatar, and the Chennai Open of Chennai, India. Many popular players added their names to the honor roll in the 1990s and the early 2000s, with Thomas Muster, Goran Ivanišević, Jim Courier, Lleyton Hewitt, Tommy Haas, Tim Henman, Nikolay Davydenko or Novak Djokovic winning the singles - and Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, Bob and Mike Bryan, Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram reaching the doubles finals.

As both the men's and the women's tour calendars were to undergo important changes from 2008 to 2009, with the WTA inaugurating its new roadmap of International and Premier tournaments, and the ATP Tour becoming the ATP World Tour, with new Masters 1000, 500 and 250 events, it was decided in 2006 to merge the Next Generation Adelaide International and the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts into a larger ATP-WTA joint tournament in Brisbane, leading, similarly to the joint Medibank International Sydney, to the Australian Open.[5] Tennis Australia chief Steve Wood commented on the shift: "One of the reasons we are doing this is that there's a rise of more lucrative overseas tournaments in the lead-up to the Australian Open offering increasingly attractive alternatives to the top players looking to prepare for the first Grand Slam. [...] So we really wanted them to invest in having them continue to prepare here in Australia, on the road to the Australian Open."[5] The first Brisbane International took place in Brisbane's newly built Tennyson Tennis Centre – and its Patrick Rafter-named Centre Court – in January 2009.[6][7] In time for the 2012 event the tournament was promoted to a premier event on the WTA tour.[8]

Past finals[edit]

In the men's singles, Lleyton Hewitt (1998, 2000, 2014) holds the record for most titles with three. Mike Bauer (1982–83), Mark Woodforde (1988–89), Nicklas Kulti (1991, 1993), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1994, 1996) and Andy Murray (2012–13) each have two titles. Bauer, Woodforde and Murray co-hold the record for most consecutive titles. Hewitt alone holds the record for most finals with four (1998–2000, 2014).

In the women's singles, Ai Sugiyama (1998, 2004), Patty Schnyder (1999, 2005), Victoria Azarenka (2009, 2016) and Serena Williams (2013, 2014) share the record for most titles with two. Azarenka has the record for most finals appearances (2008–09, 2014, 2016).

Men's singles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2017 Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov Japan Kei Nishikori 6–2, 2–6, 6–3
2016 Canada Milos Raonic Switzerland Roger Federer 6–4, 6–4
2015 Switzerland Roger Federer Canada Milos Raonic 6–4, 6–7(2–7), 6–4
2014 Australia Lleyton Hewitt Switzerland Roger Federer 6–1, 4–6, 6–3
2013 United Kingdom Andy Murray Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov 7–6(7–0), 6–4
2012 United Kingdom Andy Murray Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov 6–1, 6–3
2011 Sweden Robin Söderling United States Andy Roddick 6–3, 7–5
2010 United States Andy Roddick Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek 7–6(7–2), 7–6(9–7)
2009 Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek Spain Fernando Verdasco 3–6, 6–3, 6–4
Adelaide 2008 France Michaël Llodra Finland Jarkko Nieminen 6–3, 6–4
2007 Serbia Novak Djokovic Australia Chris Guccione 6–3, 6–7(6–8), 6–4
2006 France Florent Serra Belgium Xavier Malisse 6–3, 6–4
2005 Sweden Joachim Johansson United States Taylor Dent 7–5, 6–3
2004 Slovakia Dominik Hrbatý France Michaël Llodra 6–4, 6–0
2003 Russia Nikolay Davydenko Belgium Kristof Vliegen 6–2, 7–6(7–3)
2002 United Kingdom Tim Henman Australia Mark Philippoussis 6–4, 6–7(6–8), 6–3
2001 Germany Tommy Haas Chile Nicolás Massú 6–3, 6–1
2000 Australia Lleyton Hewitt Sweden Thomas Enqvist 3–6, 6–3, 6–2
1999 Sweden Thomas Enqvist Australia Lleyton Hewitt 4–6, 6–1, 6–2
1998 Australia Lleyton Hewitt Australia Jason Stoltenberg 3–6, 6–3, 7–6(7–4)
1997 Australia Todd Woodbridge Australia Scott Draper 6–2, 6–1
1996 Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Zimbabwe Byron Black 7–6(7–0), 3–6, 6–1
1995 United States Jim Courier France Arnaud Boetsch 6–2, 7–5
1994 Russia Yevgeny Kafelnikov Russia Alexander Volkov 6–4, 6–3
1993 Sweden Nicklas Kulti Sweden Christian Bergström 3–6, 7–5, 6–4
1992 Croatia Goran Ivanišević Sweden Christian Bergström 1–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–4
1991 Sweden Nicklas Kulti Germany Michael Stich 6–3, 1–6, 6–2
1990 Austria Thomas Muster United States Jimmy Arias 3–6, 6–2, 7–5
1989 Australia Mark Woodforde West Germany Patrik Kühnen 7–5, 1–6, 7–5
1988 Australia Mark Woodforde Australia Wally Masur 6–2, 6–4
1987 Australia Wally Masur United States Bill Scanlon 6–4, 7–6
1986 Not held
1985 South Africa Eddie Edwards Australia Peter Doohan 6–2, 6–4
1984 Australia Peter Doohan Netherlands Huub van Boeckel 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
1983 United States Mike Bauer Czechoslovakia Miloslav Mečíř 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
1982 United States Mike Bauer Australia Chris Johnstone 4–6, 7–6, 6–2
1981 Australia Mark Edmondson Australia Brad Drewett 7–5, 6–2
1980 Non-tour event
1979 Australia Kim Warwick South Africa Bernard Mitton 7–5, 6–4
1978 Non-tour event
1977 United States Victor Amaya United States Brian Teacher 6–1, 6–4
1976 Non-tour event
1975 Non-tour event
1974 United States Dick Stockton Australia Geoff Masters 6–2, 6–3, 6–2
1973 Non-tour event
1972 Soviet Union Alex Metreveli Australia Kim Warwick 6–3, 6–3, 7–6

Women's singles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2017 Czech Republic Karolína Plíšková France Alizé Cornet 6–0, 6–3
2016 Belarus Victoria Azarenka (2) Germany Angelique Kerber 6–3, 6–1
2015 Russia Maria Sharapova Serbia Ana Ivanovic 6–7(4–7), 6–3, 6–3
2014 United States Serena Williams (2) Belarus Victoria Azarenka 6–4, 7–5
2013 United States Serena Williams Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6–2, 6–1
2012 Estonia Kaia Kanepi Slovakia Daniela Hantuchová 6–2, 6–1
↑  Premier tournament  ↑
2011 Czech Republic Petra Kvitová Germany Andrea Petkovic 6–1, 6–3
2010 Belgium Kim Clijsters Belgium Justine Henin 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6)
2009 Belarus Victoria Azarenka France Marion Bartoli 6–3, 6–1
Gold Coast 2008 China Li Na Belarus Victoria Azarenka 4–6, 6–3, 6–4
2007 Russia Dinara Safina Switzerland Martina Hingis 6–3, 3–6, 7–5
2006 Czech Republic Lucie Šafářová Italy Flavia Pennetta 6–3, 6–4
2005 Switzerland Patty Schnyder (2) Australia Samantha Stosur 1–6, 6–3, 7–5
2004 Japan Ai Sugiyama (2) Russia Nadia Petrova 1–6, 6–1, 6–4
2003 France Nathalie Dechy Switzerland Marie-Gayanay Mikaelian 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
2002 United States Venus Williams Belgium Justine Henin 7–5, 6–2
2001 Belgium Justine Henin Italy Silvia Farina Elia 7–6(7–5), 6–4
2000 Croatia Silvija Talaja Spain Conchita Martínez 6–1, 3–6, 6–0
1999 Switzerland Patty Schnyder France Mary Pierce 4–6, 7–6(7–5), 6–2
1998 Japan Ai Sugiyama Venezuela María Vento-Kabchi 7–5, 6–0
1997 Russia Elena Likhovtseva Japan Ai Sugiyama 3–6, 7–6(9–7), 6–3

Men's doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2017 Australia Thanasi Kokkinakis
Australia Jordan Thompson
Luxembourg Gilles Müller
United States Sam Querrey
7–6(9–7), 6–4
2016 Finland Henri Kontinen
Australia John Peers
Australia James Duckworth
Australia Chris Guccione
7–6(7–4), 6–1
2015 United Kingdom Jamie Murray
Australia John Peers
Ukraine Alexandr Dolgopolov
Japan Kei Nishikori
6–3, 7–6(7–4)
2014 Poland Mariusz Fyrstenberg
Canada Daniel Nestor
Colombia Juan Sebastián Cabal
Colombia Robert Farah
6-7(4–7), 6–4, [10–7]
2013 Brazil Marcelo Melo
Spain Tommy Robredo
United States Eric Butorac
Australia Paul Hanley
4–6, 6–1, [10–5]
2012 Belarus Max Mirnyi
Canada Daniel Nestor
Austria Jürgen Melzer
Germany Philipp Petzschner
6–1, 6–2
2011 Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
Australia Paul Hanley
Sweden Robert Lindstedt
Romania Horia Tecău
6–4 retired
2010 France Jérémy Chardy
France Marc Gicquel
Czech Republic Lukáš Dlouhý
India Leander Paes
6–3, 7–6(7–5)
2009 France Marc Gicquel
France Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Spain Fernando Verdasco
Germany Mischa Zverev
6–4, 6–3
Adelaide 2008 Argentina Martín García
Brazil Marcelo Melo
Australia Chris Guccione
Australia Robert Smeets
6–3, 3–6, [10–7]
2007 South Africa Wesley Moodie
Australia Todd Perry
Serbia Novak Djokovic
Czech Republic Radek Štěpánek
6–3, 4–6, [15–13]
2006 Israel Jonathan Erlich
Israel Andy Ram
Australia Paul Hanley
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
7–6(7–4), 7–6(12–10)
2005 Belgium Xavier Malisse
Belgium Olivier Rochus
Sweden Simon Aspelin
Australia Todd Perry
7–6(7–5), 6–4
2004 United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
France Arnaud Clément
France Michaël Llodra
7–5, 6–3
2003 South Africa Jeff Coetzee
South Africa Chris Haggard
Belarus Max Mirnyi
United States Jeff Morrison
2–6, 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
2002 Zimbabwe Wayne Black
Zimbabwe Kevin Ullyett
United States Bob Bryan
United States Mike Bryan
7–5, 6–2
2001 Australia David Macpherson
South Africa Grant Stafford
Australia Wayne Arthurs
Australia Todd Woodbridge
6–7(5–7), 6–4, 6–4
2000 Australia Mark Woodforde
Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Lleyton Hewitt
Australia Sandon Stolle
6–4, 6–2
1999 Brazil Gustavo Kuerten
Ecuador Nicolás Lapentti
United States Jim Courier
United States Patrick Galbraith
6–4, 6–4
1998 Australia Joshua Eagle
Australia Andrew Florent
South Africa Ellis Ferreira
United States Rick Leach
6–4, 6–7, 6–3
1997 Australia Patrick Rafter
United States Bryan Shelton
Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
6–4, 1–6, 6–3
1996 Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
Sweden Jonas Björkman
United States Tommy Ho
7–5, 7–6
1995 United States Jim Courier
Australia Patrick Rafter
Zimbabwe Byron Black
Canada Grant Connell
7–6, 6–4
1994 Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Andrew Kratzmann
South Africa David Adams
Zimbabwe Byron Black
6–4, 6–3
1993 Australia Todd Woodbridge
Australia Mark Woodforde
Australia John Fitzgerald
Australia Laurie Warder
6–4, 7–5
1992 Croatia Goran Ivanišević
Switzerland Marc Rosset
Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Jason Stoltenberg
7–6, 7–6
1991 South Africa Wayne Ferreira
South Africa Stefan Kruger
Netherlands Paul Haarhuis
Netherlands Mark Koevermans
6–4, 4–6, 6–4
1990 United Kingdom Andrew Castle
Nigeria Nduka Odizor
Germany Alexander Mronz
Netherlands Michiel Schapers
7–6, 6–2
1989 United Kingdom Neil Broad
South Africa Stefan Kruger
Australia Mark Kratzmann
United States Glenn Layendecker
6–2, 7–6
1988 Australia Darren Cahill
Australia Mark Kratzmann
Australia Carl Limberger
Australia Mark Woodforde
4–6, 6–2, 7–5
1987 Czechoslovakia Ivan Lendl
United States Bill Scanlon
Australia Peter Doohan
Australia Laurie Warder
6–7, 6–3, 6–4
1986 Not held
1985 Australia Mark Edmondson
Australia Kim Warwick
Brazil Nelson Aerts
United States Tomm Warneke
6–4, 6–4
1984 Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Wally Masur
Australia Peter Doohan
South Africa Brian Levine
4–6, 7–5, 6–1
1983 Australia Craig Miller
United States Eric Sherbeck
Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Rod Frawley
6–3, 4–6, 6–4
1982 Australia Pat Cash
Australia Chris Johnstone
Australia Broderick Dyke
Australia Wayne Hampson
6–3, 6–7, 7–6
1981 Australia Colin Dibley
Australia Chris Kachel
South Africa Eddie Edwards
United States Craig Edwards
6–3, 6–4
1980 Non-tour event
1979 Australia Colin Dibley
Australia John James
Australia John Alexander
United States Phil Dent
6–7, 7–6, 6–4
1978 Non-tour event
1977 Australia Cliff Letcher
United States Dick Stockton
Australia Syd Ball
Australia Kim Warwick
6–3, 6–4
1976 Non-tour event
1975 Non-tour event
1974 United States Grover Raz Reid
Australia Allan Stone
United States Mike Estep
Australia Paul Kronk
7–6, 6–4
1973 Non-tour event
1972 Competition Not Held

Women's doubles[edit]

Location Year Champions Runners-up Score
Brisbane 2017 United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands (2)
India Sania Mirza (3)
Russia Ekaterina Makarova
Russia Elena Vesnina
6–2, 6–3
2016 Switzerland Martina Hingis (2)
India Sania Mirza (2)
Germany Angelique Kerber
Germany Andrea Petkovic
7–5, 6–1
2015 Switzerland Martina Hingis
Germany Sabine Lisicki
France Caroline Garcia
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
6–2, 7–5
2014 Russia Alla Kudryavtseva
Australia Anastasia Rodionova
France Kristina Mladenovic
Kazakhstan Galina Voskoboeva
6–3, 6–1
2013 United States Bethanie Mattek-Sands
India Sania Mirza
Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
Czech Republic Květa Peschke
4–6, 6–4, [10–7]
2012 Spain Nuria Llagostera Vives
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
United States Raquel Kops-Jones
United States Abigail Spears
7–6(7–2), 7–6(7–2)
↑  Premier tournament  ↑
2011 Russia Alisa Kleybanova
Russia Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
6–3, 7–5
2010 Czech Republic Andrea Hlaváčková
Czech Republic Lucie Hradecká
Hungary Melinda Czink
Spain Arantxa Parra Santonja
2–6, 7–6(7–3), [10–4]
2009 Germany Anna-Lena Grönefeld
United States Vania King
Poland Klaudia Jans
Poland Alicja Rosolska
3–6, 7–5, [10–5]
Gold Coast 2008 Russia Dinara Safina (3)
Hungary Ágnes Szávay
China Yan Zi
China Zheng Jie
6–1, 6–2
2007 Russia Dinara Safina (2)
Slovenia Katarina Srebotnik
Czech Republic Iveta Benešová
Russia Galina Voskoboeva
6–3, 6–4
2006 Russia Dinara Safina
United States Meghann Shaughnessy (2)
Zimbabwe Cara Black
Australia Rennae Stubbs
6–2, 6–3
2005 Russia Elena Likhovtseva (3)
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
Italy Maria Elena Camerin
Italy Silvia Farina Elia
6–3, 5–7, 6–1
2004 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova (2)
Russia Elena Likhovtseva (2)
South Africa Liezel Huber
Bulgaria Magdalena Maleeva
6–3, 6–4
2003 Russia Svetlana Kuznetsova
United States Martina Navratilova
France Nathalie Dechy
France Émilie Loit
6–4, 6–4
2002 Belgium Justine Henin
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
Sweden Åsa Svensson
Netherlands Miriam Oremans
6–1, 7–6(8–6)
2001 Italy Giulia Casoni
Slovakia Janette Husárová
United States Katie Schlukebir
United States Meghann Shaughnessy
7–6(11–9), 7–5
2000 France Julie Halard-Decugis
Russia Anna Kournikova
Belgium Sabine Appelmans
Italy Rita Grande
6–3, 6–0
1999 United States Corina Morariu
Latvia Larisa Neiland
Australia Kristine Kunce
Romania Irina Spîrlea
6–3, 6–3
1998 Russia Elena Likhovtseva
Japan Ai Sugiyama
South Korea Park Sung-hee
Chinese Taipei Wang Shi-ting
1–6, 6–3, 6–4
1997 Japan Naoko Kijimuta
Japan Nana Miyagi
Romania Ruxandra Dragomir
Italy Silvia Farina Elia
7–6, 6–1

See also[edit]


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