THE TOURNAMENT: WTA PREMIER Brisbane International
Date: From 01/01 to 01/07
Money prize: $ 890,100
Surface: Hard Outdoor
Tournament Location: Queensland Tennis Centre – 190 King Arthur Terrace, Brisbane, Queensland , 4105, Australia
General information: Queensland Tennis Centre is located about 23 km from Brisbane Airport (25 minutes driving) and 8,6 km from downtown.
Recent Past Winners: 2016 Victoria Azarenka – 2015 Maria Sharapova – 2014/2013 Serena Williams – 2012 Kaia Kanepi – 2011 Petra Kvitova
Top Seeded Players: Angelique Kerber (Ger) – Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) – Karolina Pliskova (Cek) – Garbine Muguruza (Esp) – Svetlana Kuznetsova (Rus) – Carla Suarez Navarro (Esp) – Elina Svitolina (Ukr) – Elena Vesnina (Rus) – Roberta Vinci (Ita) – Samantha Stosur (Aus)
Brisbane is the capital and most populous city in the , Australian state of Queensland and the third most populous city in Australia with its over 2.3 million population. Brisbane is well known for its distinct Queenslander architecture which forms much of the city’s built heritage. It’s a popular tourist destination, serving as a gateway for visitors to the state of Queensland, particularly to the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, popular resort towns immediately south and north of Brisbane, respectively. Lonely Planet writes on this town: “Brisbane’s charms are evident: the arts, the cafes, the bars, the weather, the old Queenslander houses, the go-get-’em attitude. But perhaps it’s the Brisbane River itself – which broke so many hearts when it flooded in 2011 and 2013 – that gives the city its edge. The river’s organic convolutions carve the city into a patchwork of urban villages, each with a distinct style and topography: bohemian, low-lying West End; hip, hilltop Paddington; exclusive, peninsular New Farm; prim, pointy Kangaroo Point. Move from village to village and experience Queensland’s diverse, eccentric, happening capital.”
TOP THREE THINGS TO SEE IN BRISBANE:
- The Brisbane River
- Mount Coot-Tha Lookout
- Story Bridge
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Ibis Styles Brisbane Elizabeth Street. Perfect *** hotel rated 8.8 on Booking. Great location at just 500mt from Queen Street Mall. A design double room costs from 89€ to 99€ per night with breakfast always included in any case.
- Meriton Serviced Apartments Herschel Street. Wonderful **** aparthotel located in Brisbane Central Business Distrisct.Rated 9.4 on booking and nr.1 accomodation on Tripdavisor, it offers superb modern suites with fully equipped kitchen and fantastic view on river at just 124€ per night.
- Emporium Hotel. Luxury ***** boutique hotel situated in the lively district of Fortitude Valley. Fitness centre and free parking are available for customers. Price for a very comfortable 28 mq2 standard queen room is 161€ without breakfast. Rated 9.2 on Booking.