Tennis - The WTA Hobart International has named its winners trophy after the late Angie Cunningham, who lost her battle with Motor Neurone Disease in 2016. Tournament Director Darren Sturgess commented, "Tasmania has wonderfully progressive art and cultural scene and we see the tournament looking to embrace this in the future.
To coincide with the 25th edition of our event, we felt there was no greater way to honor a legendary Tasmanian tennis identity who was respected globally. Tennis Australia is an official partner of FightMND, a charity which resonates with many tennis fans, players and staff.
At Hobart International this year, we are proud to be helping promote the summer tennis campaign, Smash MND in an effort to raise awareness of the debilitating disease that has affected so many, including Angie.” Cunningham was a former junior World No.
2. She reached the finals of the Australian Open and Wimbledon junior girls double events and went on to become the WTA Tour's Vice-President of Player Relations and On-Site Operations. Her daughters, who are now aged 11 and 8, will present the trophy to the women's singles champion this year.
This year her daughters, now 11 and 8, will continue that tradition of involvement and present the inaugural Angie Cunningham Trophy to the women’s singles champion. Also Read - Craig Tiley Optimistic About Novak Djokovic Playing at the Australian Open