ADELAIDE, November 22, 2017 (Press Release)
Adelaide’s very own Thanasi Kokkinakis is set to make his homecoming for the World Tennis Challenge from 8 to 10 January 2018 at Memorial Drive.
Kokkinakis will headline Team Australia alongside Mark Philippoussis (Vic),John Peers (Vic) and honorary Aussie Henri Kontinen (FIN).
The popular South Australian hit a career high ranking of 69 in 2015, but his rise was hampered by injury leaving him on the sidelines for almost all of 2016.
The right hander most recently reached the final of Los Cabos, Mexico in August 2017, defeating Tomas Berdych (CZE) in the semi-finals.
“I’m excited to return to the World Tennis Challenge again,” Kokkinakis said.
“I always enjoy playing in Adelaide in front of my home crowd and I’m looking forward to getting some quality matches ahead of the Australian Open.”
General Manager World Tennis Challenge David Hearne said, “Thanasi’s talent is undeniable and we are thrilled to see him back on court here in Adelaide in preparation for his Australian Open campaign.”
“Thanasi is always a crowd favourite and no doubt the South Australian fans will embrace him when he returns.”
“With such an incredible field, we’re encouraging fans to get in early so they don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to see the players take to the court at Memorial Drive but also make appearances at the World Tennis Challenge Legends Lunch.
“With tickets starting from just $11 for adults and $6 for kids, there is really no better place to watch world-class tennis this January.”
South Australian Tourism Commission Chief Executive Rodney Harrex said, “We’re thrilled to have another ace line-up in 2018. Thanasi Kokkinakis is part of the South Australian tennis family, and to have him serve on his home turf for Team Australia is a great coup for local fans.
“The South Australian Tourism Commission, through Events South Australia, has proudly supported the World Tennis Challenge since it began in 2009.
“Adelaide has so many great experiences to offer sport and event fans in January and 2018 is going to be extra special, with tennis legend Andre Agassi among the champions playing at Memorial Drive.
“The World Tennis Challenge kicks off the summer event season and I encourage everyone to check out our calendar of sport and enjoy the atmosphere of Adelaide in full swing.”
The full World Tennis Challenge 2018 field consists of:
What a line up! Are you #TeamAustralia #TeamUSA or #TeamInternational? Book your tickets today at https://t.co/zjKZ5DG5zR to see them all right here in #Adelaide. #SeeSouthAustralia pic.twitter.com/jYayq0QgHb
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Andre Agassi (USA)
Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Bob Bryan (USA)
Mike Bryan (USA)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
Mark Philippoussis (AUS)
John Peers (AUS)
Henri Kontinen (FIN)
Gael Monfils (FRA)
Mats Wilander (SWE)
Jamie Murray (GBR)
Bruno Soares (BRA)
The World Tennis Challenge 2018 schedule will consist of:
Tennis action begins from 6.30 pm each night. Tickets are on sale now via Ticketek and start from $6 for children and $11 for adults.
Monday 8 January, 6.30 pm
Team Australia v Team International
Peers/Kontinen v Murray/Soares
Kokkinakis v Monfils
Philippoussis v Wilander
Tuesday 9 January, 6.30 pm
Team USA v Team International
Bryan/Bryan v Murray/Soares
Tiafoe v Monfils
Agassi v Wilander
Wednesday 10 January, 6.30 pm
Team Australia v Team USA
Bryan/Bryan v Peers/Kontinen
Kokkinakis v Tiafoe
Philippoussis v Agassi