The season behind us has delivered eight Australian men's Futures events, with a well-balanced mixture of surface and two events on the grass, which is rarely seen on the lowest-level of pro tennis when we know how expensive is to keep those courts in a good shape.
The Australian Pro Tour will add the new grass Futures in February next year, with Albury as the host of the $25,000 event for the first time in 16 years! Working with Albury City Council, Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW, the Albury Tennis Association will organize the tournament between February 25 - March 3, offering a chance for the Australian and some foreign players to earn ATP and ITF points.
2018 Futures tournaments on grass have been staged in Renmark and Mildura and it was Marc Polmans who stole the show, winning both titles to prove his skills on the fastest surface. The Australian Pro Tour will kick off from Albury in 2019 and it should be interesting to follow the results of the very first professional men's event on grass in the new season.
“Albury-Wodonga is a leading sporting community with a great track record in hosting competitions at all levels so we’re really looking forward to welcoming some of the world’s best tennis players when this fantastic tournament kicks off,” Albury City Major Kevin Mack said. “Not only will it give locals and visitors a chance to see high-caliber tennis, it will also provide a valuable boost to the economy and strengthen our standing as a first-class sporting destination.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity for Albury to showcase high-quality tennis,” Albury Tennis Association President Ken Wurtz.
“We’re excited about the impact that these players will have on our local clubs, schools and wider community and we’re positive that these players will enjoy some of the best country hospitality in Albury.
We encourage all locals to come down to the Albury grass courts and join in on the action.”