The youngest ever US Open champion, Tracy Austin (Player Bio), will be make her first trip to Adelaide, Australia next year for the World Tennis Challenge in January. She will join former longtime rival Martina Navratilova (Player Bio); and a star-studded legends line-up at the event. The former World No. 1 took part in one of the most memorable moments in the history of the event, when she defeated Navratilova at age 16 to win the title at Flushing Meadows.
Joining the American are seven-time Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander (Player Bio) and former French Open Champion Yannick Noah (Player Bio). Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash (Player Bio), crowd favorite Henri Leconte (Player Bio) and the greatest trickster in tennis Mansour Bahrami (Player Bio) will also be returning to join the legend’s field. All of these legendary competitors have been a part of the event at Memorial Drive in the past and are excited to entertain Australian crowds once again.
World No.25 Jürgen Melzer (Player Bio) from Austria and No.30 Spaniard Feliciano Lopez (Player Bio) have also confirmed their participation in the event. Australia’s bright young star, 17-year-old Thanasi Kokkinakis (Player Bio) will also get an opportunity at the event. The former Wimbledon junior doubles champion will be looking to make the main draw in the Australian Open for the first time in his young career later that month.
The World Tennis Challenge will celebrate it’s sixth anniversary in January, will feature four current ATP players and seven legends who will participate in an exhibition team event over three nights at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in Adelaide.