World’s First United Cup Tournament Launches in Tennyson

United Cup Tournament
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A summer of international tennis is returning to Queensland with the launch of the first-ever United Cup Tournament at the Pat Rafter Arena in Tennyson.

Over 6,000 tennis fans are expected to travel to the region to watch the United Cup from Thursday, the 29th of December 2022, to Wednesday, the 4th of January 2023. 

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The sports event will showcase 18 countries across three Australian cities – Brisbane (Pat Rafter Arena), Perth (RAC Arena) and Sydney (Ken Rosewall Arena). Each city will host two groups of three countries, competing in a round-robin format.

The winners of this inaugural event could take home US $15 million and earn 500 ATP and 500 WTA rankings points. 

“We know Pat Rafter Arena is a favourite with players and it will be terrific to see the stars of the game back in Brisbane for Queensland’s traditional summer of international tennis,” ourism and Sport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“Blockbuster events of the calibre of the United Cup usually bring thousands of Queensland and interstate tennis fans to Pat Rafter Arena.

“The 2022-23 international summer of tennis is Brisbane’s first since the pandemic and another green shoot of recovery for transnational sport in Queensland. 

“Queensland tennis fans will witness the mastery of the games’ big names in the hunt for the world’s biggest prize pool outside of the Grand Slams.

“The United Cup is a world-first spectacle of men’s and women’s tennis greats playing side-by-side for their countries.

“I’m excited to see the United Cup’s star-studded centre court billing join Queensland’s line-up of major international sport on our decade-long green and gold runway to the Brisbane 2032 Games.

“First-class international tennis is game, set and match for our great Queensland lifestyle, generating an estimated $8 million for the visitor economy and supporting more good jobs.” 

Brisbane Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner said that the United Cup is line with the city’s “action-packed line-up of major international sports on our green and gold runway to the #Brisbane2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.” 

Tickets to the United Cup Tournament are now on sale.