BENDIGO, January 12, 2020 (Press Release)
Magdalena Frech of Poland is the Apis Canberra International (Bendigo) women’s champion after top seed Patricia Maria Tig from Romania withdrew ahead of Sunday’s singles final due to injury.
The 22-year-old was in solid form all week in Bendigo and did not drop a set on her way to the title.
Despite not getting to take to the court today, Frech was pleased to claim her fourth ITF World Tennis Tour Title and with her match preparation ahead of Australian Open 2020 qualifying next week.
Congratulations Magdalena Frech 🏆
— Tennis ACT (@TennisCanberra) January 12, 2020
“I really enjoyed this week; it is pretty amazing for me to win this tournament. Especially after one year of injury, I am really glad I could play here. It is pretty special to win the tournament and hold the trophy.”
“Every match is the best preparation for the next tournament, so I am really glad I could play four matches here.”
Although the 22-year-old didn’t make it to Canberra this year, she is hopeful she will get the chance in 2021.
“I hope I can come to Canberra and play the matches before Australian Open, because it is the best way to prepare.”
The Apis Canberra International was relocated to Bendigo just three days before the event was set to begin due to the ongoing bushfire situation in the Canberra Region. Tournament Director and Tennis ACT CEO Kim Kachel said it had been a collective effort to relocate the event and was incredibly thankful to all those involved.
“I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge everyone who assisted with the relocation of this event from Canberra to Bendigo.
“Thank you to the players, Fosterville Gold Tennis Centre, the Bendigo Tennis Association, the team of stringers, the AO Ballkid squad and local Bendigo Ballkids, our sponsors, and all the staff from Tennis Australia, the Member Associations and the whole Tennis ACT team. We could not have delivered this event without you.”
“Our thoughts are very much with those communities across Australia who are being impacted by these fires.
“The event has taken part in the Aces for Bushfire Relief campaign, with a total of 997 aces across the tournament. Combined with the gold coin donation entry, we have surpassed $100,000 raised towards the Australian Red Cross Disaster relief and recover campaign,” Kachel added.