Brisbane International, which hosts ATP 250 and Premier events, was once again a success. 90,000 fans attended this year's tournament, which is a little bit down than 2017 when 96,107 people came. When the entry list was released, the field was a very high-level one, featuring also Kei Nishikori, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray who all withdrew due to injuries.
More than 105,000 fans headed to the Brisbane International in 2014, when Roger Federer made his first appearance, setting the event's record. As for this year, the tournament featured several beautiful stories involving local players, with world No.
208 and 18-year-old Alex de Minaur reaching semifinals, Nick Kyrgios winning three three-set matches to win the title. In 2019 the event is supposed to take place if nothing changes, but in 2020 it may disappear as the new ATP World Team Cup will happen in several Australian cities, including Brisbane.
'Nothing set in stone', said the tournament director Cameron Pearson World Cup superseding ATP Brisbane in 2020, but he didn't deny it either. 'We saw again how much the fans in Brisbane love to come and support the Australian players', Pearson added.
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Possible that was the penultimate ATP Brisbane final just now.
Tournament director Cameron Pearson said "nothing set in stone" about the World Team Cup superseding the ATP Brisbane event in 2020, but didn't rule it out, either.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) 7 gennaio 2018