Brisbane International to return as Australian Open tune-up event

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Sept 15 (Reuters) – The Brisbane International will return to the calendar for the first time since 2020 as part of the build-up to next year’s Australian Open, Tennis Australia said on Friday.
The event was launched in 2009 and drew huge crowds, with Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Murray and Maria Sharapova among those winning the singles tournaments.
It was dropped from the men’s tour when the ATP Cup was introduced in 2019 and last contested as a women’s event in 2020.
Organisers said a combined men’s ATP 250 and women’s WTA 500 tournament was scheduled for Dec. 31 to Jan. 7 at Queensland Tennis Centre, with a record A$3.1 million ($2 million) prize money on offer.
The women’s singles field has been expanded to 48 players, while the men’s singles draw will feature 32.
Former world number one Ash Barty, who retired in 2022, praised the decision to bring back her hometown event.

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