Brisbane tennis is most well known for the Brisbane International, a tournament held every year in the first week of January.
As it's just before the Australian Open held in Melbourne, the Brisbane International is a place many stars use to acclimatize to Australia's heat before beginning their Australian Open campaign.
© Richard Fisher | Flickr.com - International Tennis Match at Frew Park
Its played on outdoor hard courts under Queensland's summer sun.The tournament is part of the Association of Tennis Professionals or ATP
World Tour 250 series and the Women's Tennis Association or WTA Tour.
Singles winners in 2013 were Andy Murray and Serena Williams and doubles winners were Marcelo Melo and Tommy Robredo and Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Sania Mirza.
© Brisbane City Council | Flickr.com - Frew Park
A Brisbane tennis tournament has been around since 1970, although it hasn't always been held every year. Initially, it was played on grass courts, as it was used as a warm up to the Australian Open, but when the Australian Open switched to hard courts the Brisbane International did too.
There have been numerous name and venue changes throughout the years but despite all that the tournament has kept going.
In 2009 it got its present name, Brisbane International and found a home in the Queensland Tennis Centre, sometimes called the Brisbane International Tennis centre.
© marragem | Flickr.com - Brisbane International
Queensland Tennis Centre is located at 190 King Arthur Terrace in the suburb of Tennyson on the southern side of Brisbane. If you have your ticket before the game, you can travel free to the ground on any Brisbane Translink service including buses and trains.
There are also shuttle buses available from some stations to get to the grounds. And, after the game, travel back into the city is also free for everyone with a ticket. For train travel, use either the Beenleigh line, stopping at Yeerongpilly Station, or the Shorncliffe line stopping at Corinda.
It's a 15 minute walk from Yeerongpilly station and shuttle buses which run from Corinda to the tennis centre. There are also buses that stop near the centre, which can be found on the Translink website. Parking around the centre is restricted to 1 hour on tournament days so public transport is the easiest way to get there.
For customers requiring disability transport, there are free specialized taxis from the Yeerongpilly train station. There's also disability parking available for those with permits.
© Brisbane City Council | Flickr.com - Roy Emerson Tennis Centre, Frew Park
If you're staying in the area, the hotels of South Bank are the closest and most convenient for the tournament. South Bank is a lively part of town and full of restaurants, bars, shopping and contains Brisbane's outdoor swimming lagoon.
Hotels in the downtown (CBD) would also be handy as almost all the trains and buses in Brisbane run through King George Station. Hotels on Brisbane's north side will be a bit more complicated to get to the tennis centre but the public transport system is good and the Translink website can plan you a route.
Once you're at the tennis centre, you'll find 23 international standard grass and clay courts, some of which are covered. The Brisbane International is played on the outdoor hard courts.
If you're in Brisbane before or after the brisbane tennis tournament, and want to play on the same courts as the stars, you can rent the courts out and imagine you are playing in front of a huge crowd! There's also coaching available and a pro shop for racquets and equipment and, finally, there's a cafe and canteen selling food and drink.
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