Brisbane Tennis Centre Named After Pat Rafter

by The Insider on October 23, 2008 · 0 comments

in ATP News, Random

Brisbane’s new $82 million dollar tennis centre has been named after two-time US Open champion Pat Rafter.

The 5,500-seat Rafter Arena, officially named on Thursday, will open in January, hosting the Brisbane International men’s and women’s hardcourt championships on January 4 in the lead up to the Australian Open in Melbourne.

Novak Djokovic, Marcos Baghdatis and Ana Ivanovic have been confirmed for the event, which will be the first international tennis tournament to be played in Brisbane since 1994.

Queensland-born Rafter won the US Open in 1997 and 1998.

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