Tickets to the Moorilla Hobart International are on sale now!  So if you’re looking for a REALLY last minute gift for Christmas, this might be just what you need to save the day!

Moorilla Hobart - Tickets for the Tennis
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Moorilla Hobart International: Tickets on sale now for the tennis

How to Buy Tickets for the Moorilla Hobart International…

Log on to Ticketek and select Moorilla Hobart International.  Single session prices start at $8-90, and the tournament starts January 6th 2012.  Print out your tickets, pop them in a Christmas card and place under the tree with your beloved’s name written neatly on the envelope.  You will be the champion gift-buyer of the festive season!

Moorilla Hobart - Booking Information
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Booking information for the Moorilla Hobart International

Why to Buy Tickets for the Moorilla Hobart International…

The hard-working team at Tennis Tasmania have dedicated themselves to making the Moorilla Hobart International 2012 an event to remember.  With lots of exciting new innovations to match the stellar location of the venue on Queens Domain, this will be a great Tasmanian event even if you’re not a tennis fan.


 

But if you ARE a tennis fan, you’re in for a real treat.  Jarmila Gajdosova, second only to Samantha Stosur in Australia’s female player rankings, came to Hobart to help launch the event at MONA on the 2nd of December.  She spoke about defending her 2011 Tasmanian title, and how she hoped to repeat her success and get her Australian summer campaign off to a solid start.

Moorilla Hobart - 2011 Winner Jarmila Gajdosova
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Moorilla Hobart International defending champion Jarmila Gajdosova

She’s comfortable in the Hobart environment, having also represented Australia in a Fed Cup tie against Italy at the Domain Tennis Centre in February.  The crowds gave the powerful player great support last year, and will be sure to do the same again this time around.

Moorilla Hobart - Fed Cup Australia, Jarmila Gajdosova
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Jarmila Gajdasova (Aust) at the Fed Cup tie played at the Domain Tennis Centre, Hobart

Another darling of the Aussie tennis scene, Casey Dellacqua, has been granted a wildcard to the Moorilla Hobart International.  Currently on the comeback trail from injury, she has been dominating the Australian Pro Tour circuit with a record-breaking winning streak.  While long-term shoulder and foot injuries have hindered her playing career, Dellacqua managed to snare a Grand Slam title in June this year, winning the mixed doubles championships at Roland Garros.

Moorilla Hobart - Tournament Director Mark Handley
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Jarmila with tournament director Mark Handley and star Tasmanian junior Sanyukta Singh

Moorilla Hobart International Tournament Director Mark Handley has managed to secure a truly exciting line-up for his first year in Hobart.  Players to watch include…

  • former world No. 12 Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium
  • quirky fashionista and fun personality Bethanie Mattek-Sands
    from the United States
  • 2007 tournament champion Anna Chakvetadze from Russia
  • US Open semi finalist Petra Cetkovska from the Czech Republic
  • winner of 11 WTA singles and 18 doubles titles
    Anabel Medina Garrigues from Spain
Moorilla Hobart - International Final 2011
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2011 Moorilla Hobart International Final Bethanie Mattek-Sands v Jarmila Gajdosova

Hot Off the Press…

Hot news from our source on the inside at Tennis Tasmania… Australian junior prodigy Ashleigh Barty has literally just been announced as a wildcard entrant for the tournament.  At the age of 15, Ash won the Wimbledon Junior Girls Championships in July and also won the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff last week.


 

The 2012 Moorilla Hobart International sees Ash make her WTA main draw debut.  Comparisons have been made to a young Lleyton Hewitt, who beat tennis legend Andre Agassi to win the Adelaide International as a newcomer in 1996.  Ash will be looking to mirror the performance of Kim Clijsters who won the Hobart event in 2000 as a 17-year-old.

Final Word?

So on second thoughts, the Moorilla Hobart International is not just for saving Christmas Day… get along and buy tickets for yourself!!  Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Photos of the Moorilla Hobart International launch at MONA
were taken by Jennifer Nield of Tennis Tasmania

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