Casey Dellacqua set to star in Hobart
Australian favourite Casey Dellacqua will return to Tasmania to star at the Hobart International next year from 11-17 January at the Domain Tennis Centre.
Dellacqua has just completed her career best season having made her debut in the world’s top 30. The left-hander started 2014 at world No.142 before her rapid rise up the ranks to reach a career high of 26 in September.
Throughout the season she has posted wins over higher-ranked opponents such as compatriot Sam Stosur as well as Sabine Lisicki, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Kirsten Flipkens and Roberta Vinci.
The left-hander has capped off a stellar year being named a finalist for the Newcombe Medal, Australian tennis’ highest honour presented to the most outstanding player of the season, and WTA’s Most Improved Player.
Dellacqua couldn’t be happier to have chosen Hobart to finalise her preparations before the first Grand Slam of the year.
“Hobart is the perfect way to ensure I’m match ready for the Australian Open,” said Dellacqua, who joined the Premier of Tasmania Will Hodgman and Hobart International Tournament Director Mark Handley in Hobart today to officially launch the tournament.
“I always enjoy playing in Hobart and love playing for the local crowds. The Domain Tennis Centre is a beautiful place to compete, overlooking the Derwent River.
“Mark and his team put on a great event each year and make the playing group feel very welcome,” Dellacqua added.
Premier of Tasmania, Will Hodgman, is looking forward to welcoming Dellacqua back to Tasmania this summer.
“To draw the likes of Australian tennis star Casey Dellacqua to the Hobart International is a testament to the event, the organisers and our state,” Hodgman said.
“Tasmanians love their sport and the Hobart International offers an incredible chance to watch world class tennis in our own backyard.
“I am sure Tasmanians will strongly support this event to ensure it continues to grow and cement our place on the circuit as one of the best boutique tournaments in the country.”
Tournament Director and Executive Director of Tennis Tasmania, Mark Handley, is thrilled to have one of Australia’s elite confirmed for next year’s event.
“We’re excited to welcome Casey back to Hobart,” Handley said.
“As one of Australia’s top female players, the Tasmanian sporting community know Casey well and look forward to supporting her on court when she returns to play here in January.
“The Hobart International has a strong history of launching the international careers of players. We strive to continue to improve this each year. We also focus on providing our local sporting fans with a world class fan experience and the opportunity to get up close to the action.”
In her 13th season on the WTA Tour 29-year-old Dellacqua made a fourth round appearance at two Grand Slams, including her home slam the Australian Open and the US Open.
She posted her best ever WTA result reaching the semifinals at the Premier-level in Birmingham, quarterfinal appearances at Indian Wells and Tokyo whilst also representing Australia in Fed Cup against Russia in Hobart and her first Fed Cup semifinal against Germany.