On January 12, 2020, two Major champions Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will headline the Adelaide International Rally for Resilience that will raise funds for the Australian Tennis Foundation. In partnership with the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation, the aim is to raise funds for the year-round sports programs in socially disadvantaged areas in South Australia.
The crowd will also have the opportunity to see the exhibition doubles matches between Kerber, Halep and special guests, together with the opening match of the inaugural ATP 250 event in Adelaide. Brand-new Memorial Drive Tennis Centre will host some of the world's finest players between January 12-18, offering them the last opportunity to shape up their game ahead of the Australian Open.
The organizers did a fantastic job, signing world no. 2 Novak Djokovic who rarely plays in the week ahead of the Major, with the Serb returning to the venue where he claimed his third ATP title at the beginning of 2007. Alex de Minaur, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Lucas Pouille and Andrey Rublev should fight with Novak for that crown and the spectators will have the opportunity to enjoy a vivid WTA action as well, with 11 top-20 players in the hunt for the trophy!
Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Kiki Bertens, Johanna Konta, Sofia Kenin and Angelique Kerber all seek the best possible momentum ahead of the Australian Open in Adelaide in what promises to be a stellar week of tennis at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre.
"This will be a momentous occasion as we host our first event under the brand-new Memorial Drive roof; we look forward to welcoming the public for the first time," Tournament Director Alistair MacDonald said. "We are really proud to kick off the Adelaide International with a strong focus on giving back to the community with the Rally for Resilience.
We encourage parents to take advantage of our' kids go free' offer and bring their kids down to Memorial Drive to watch world-class tennis with two former world No.1 players, Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber right here in Adelaide.
It will be a great affordable night out." "The Australian Tennis Foundation and Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation share a common view. Through harnessing the power of tennis, and by providing access to sport through improving local infrastructure and sports programming, we can help children and young people develop resilience, make healthier choices and feel positive about their future," Australian Tennis Foundation Executive Director Vicki Reid said.
"All kids need sport. But some need it more than others," Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation founder Roger Rasheed said. "This partnership ensures South Australian kids can witness world-class tennis at the Rally for Resilience while the funds raised will facilitate year-round programming in extremely disadvantaged areas."