The Moorilla?  That’s the term locals use to describe the WTA tennis tournament officially known as the Hobart International.  The writer was very lucky to be given a front-row view of the action from the Tennis Tasmania corporate box.  And of course I wanted to share the experience with you.

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Shahar Peer in quarter final action at the Moorilla Hobart International 2012

The Moorilla: International Tennis in Hobart

In between a nice meal and a few drinks, and despite the exciting tennis, I managed to take way too many photos.  (Now there’s a shock!)  So I’ve selected some of the best ones and compiled a video for Think Tasmania’s YouTube Channel.

You don’t have to be invited by Tennis Tasmania to have a great time at the Moorilla.  In the new stadium, all the seats have a close-up view of the action.  We went to the Quarter Finals night session, but if you go earlier in the week, a ticket gives you access to the entire Queens Domain tennis centre.  You can choose between matches on all three tournament courts.  Refreshments are available for purchase, and there’s plenty of space to relax on the lawns between play.

What’s so Good About the Moorilla?

If you love tennis, or even just watching elite athletes at work, the Moorilla provides a fabulous opportunity.  Some of the highlights for me include…

  • the standard of players: it’s not unusual for former
    top 10 players to come to Hobart on the comeback trail
  • Aussie hopefuls: local favourites give the crowd
    something extra to cheer for
  • future champions: the Moorilla has played host to
    stars that have gone on to conquer the tour
  • close encounters: the relaxed atmosphere gives
    patrons a chance to mingle with their idols

The Moorilla Hobart International 2012: Tournament Facts

21-year-old German Mona Barthel defeated top seed Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium 6-1 6-2 in the final played on Saturday 14th January.  Mona had to win eight matches to take the title after playing through qualifying.  On her way to victory in the WTA tournament, she had to overcome second seed, Spanish player Anabel Medina Garrigues.  She also put the defending champion, Australian fifth seed, Jarmila Gajdosova out of contention.


The winner was dubbed “Mona Foma” Barthel following her win, which would have no doubt pleased the sponsors!

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Umpires ready, ballkids ready, players ready… play! At the Moorilla

Monica Niculescu and Irina-Camelia Begu (both from Romania) claimed the doubles title in a third set super tie-break against Chia-Jung Chuang (China) and Marina Erakovic (Croatia).  This was the first WTA doubles title for Irina-Camelia Begu and she was understandably pleased with the result.  She and her coach even jokingly gave credit to some of the local kids who had joined her on the practice court and remained loyal supporters.

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Irina-Camelia Begu hits up with some lucky Tennis Tasmania squad players

I cannot speak highly enough of the Moorilla Hobart International.  Anyone living in Tasmania with an interest in tennis should mark their calendar for next year.  Tickets are affordable, access is easy, the tennis is top-quality… why wouldn’t you go?

Visit the official website for more about the Moorilla Hobart International

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