World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty headlines Adelaide International field

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World no. 1 Ashleigh Barty headlines Adelaide International field

Inaugural Adelaide international will take place between January 12-18, 2020, at Memorial Drive, with a combined ATP and WTA event that serves as the last preparation for the Australian Open. At the moment, the venue undergoes redevelopment, with the brand-new roof over the center court that would welcome the stellar field of players in the second week of the new season.

At the moment, the organizers have signed the young gun Felix Auger-Aliassime and two Major champions, as the home star Ashleigh Barty joins Simona Halep in the women's draw. After kicking off the season in Brisbane, Barty will chase another title in Adelaide before heading to Melbourne, seeking Major crown in front of the home fans and continuing where she left at Roland Garros this spring.

World no. 1 has been the player to beat this season, winning Miami, Roland Garros and Birmingham and hoping for more of the same in Beijing and Shenzhen, eager to finish as the year-end no. 1 player for the first time in a career before shifting focus on 2020 and the Aussie swing.

"I'm excited to play in the first tournament in Adelaide," Barty said. "Memorial Drive has so much history in Australian tennis and I can't wait to play at the new Adelaide International. It's going to be a great event and it's always special to be part of something new.

Alicia Molik grew up playing and training at Memorial Drive and the redevelopment sounds amazing. It's great to see our tennis facilities improving across the country and I'm sure the fans will come out and support us.

I'm expecting the field to be super competitive and I'm looking forward to finalizing my Australian Open preparations in Adelaide." "It is a massive boost for tennis in South Australia, and also an incredible achievement by the organizers to attract the world's number one player to Adelaide," Premier of South Australia Steven Marshall said.

"To have 120 of the world's top male and female players here next January is also a big tick for the State Government's $10 million investment in the redevelopment of the Memorial Drive sporting precinct. We are expecting the event to inject between $6 to $8 million in economic expenditure into South Australia, in addition to a global television audience across 200 countries.

The new-look Memorial Drive will take center-stage globally, and give South Australians a chance to see their tennis heroes right here in Adelaide."