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OZTENNIS
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:37 AM
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Melbourne, 08 August 2008
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World No.1 Ana Ivanovic will headline the 2009 Brisbane International.

The young Serbian star and reigning French Open champion said she was excited to be part of the newest tennis event in the world.

“This is a great new event on the calendar in a lovely part of the world,” Ivanovic said.

“I am expecting a high quality field, some excellent weather and a great venue. It will be the perfect launching pad for my preparation for the Australian Open.”

A delighted Brisbane International Tournament Director Steve Ayles announced the coup today.

“Ana’s appearance is the ultimate endorsement for the event and the city,” Ayles said.

“We plan to put on one of the best events in world tennis and now we can showcase the talent of the No.1 ranked female on the planet. She is a terrific player and a terrific person and I am sure she will love Brisbane as much as Brisbane will love her.”

Ivanovic broke through for her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros this year after making the final of the Australian Open in January, as well as last year’s Roland Garros final and Wimbledon semifinal.

At just five, inspired by Monica Seles on television, she begged her parents to take her to the local tennis school in Belgrade. She developed her game practicing in an empty Belgrade swimming pool, stepping onto the circuit five years ago and taking the No.1 mantle in June.

The world No.1 now adorns a postage stamp in Serbia and had Serbian president Boris Tadic as a guest at her 20th birthday.

“She was one of the darlings of the Australian Open crowds in January and we imagine Brisbane will quickly appreciate her demeanor, athleticism, power and particularly lethal forehand,” Ayles said.

Craig.
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:39 AM
Cool.

switz
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:40 AM
it should be a good tournament now it's a combined event.

In The Zone
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:40 AM
Isn't Brisbane replacing Gold Coast? I could have sworn that was a No Top 10 player event for 2009.

Chance
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:46 AM
Isn't Brisbane replacing Gold Coast? I could have sworn that was a No Top 10 player event for 2009.
That's what I thought..
I wonder what the TV coverage will be like.. And now I'm assuming Jankovic might end up playing Hopman Cup...

In The Zone
Aug 8th, 2008, 04:52 AM
That's what I thought..
I wonder what the TV coverage will be like.. And now I'm assuming Jankovic might end up playing Hopman Cup...

I am curious because there was fighting over what the term NO TOP 10 PLAYER meant. Some thought it meant no guarantees or requirements while others thought it meant NONE WHATSOEVER. Clearly it meant no guarantees, laissez faire-esque scheduling.

HOS
Aug 8th, 2008, 05:49 AM
GFreat- I also thought no Top 10 playesr at "what is now a Tier 3 event??

jimbo mack
Aug 8th, 2008, 05:59 AM
great does this mean top ten's can actually play the new version of all tier 3's?

Dave.
Aug 8th, 2008, 07:14 AM
Ana :bounce: Maybe she'll emulate Lindsay who won this title the last time it was held in Brisbane :D

aussie_fan
Aug 8th, 2008, 08:04 AM
That's what I thought..
I wonder what the TV coverage will be like.. And now I'm assuming Jankovic might end up playing Hopman Cup...

There's another article that says seven will give 36 hours to it, great news, tennis on two channels :woohoo:

Hopefully no top 10 does man that it's not a necssarity to have a top 10 but they can play it, i didn't think that was the case for tier 3 though, though it was one in the top 10 or something. I could be wrong about that.

kittyking
Aug 8th, 2008, 08:14 AM
:woohoo: This means she won't play in Auckland :ras:

Mikey.
Aug 8th, 2008, 09:00 AM
I want her to come to Sydney so I can see her :sobbing:

Dave.
Aug 8th, 2008, 09:09 AM
:woohoo: This means she won't play in Auckland :ras:

Which means Marina might have a shot at winning the title then :D

OZTENNIS
Aug 8th, 2008, 09:54 AM
I want her to come to Sydney so I can see her :sobbing:
She still can/will, Sydney is the week after

Nikkiri
Aug 8th, 2008, 09:59 AM
I want her to come to Sydney so I can see her :sobbing:

She'll always play Sydney :p

Mikey.
Aug 8th, 2008, 10:51 AM
She still can/will, Sydney is the week after

She'll always play Sydney :p

Are you sure? :eek: That means she would be playing 2 weeks in a row with no rest, right before the AO. So potentially 4 weeks in a row. :unsure::bolt:

OZTENNIS
Aug 8th, 2008, 05:23 PM
^^^
Well why does she play Hong Kong...she played Gold Coast in '07 too so meh