Adelaide, Australia, 26 November 2012 | Tennis SA

The 2012 World Tennis Challenge held at Memorial Drive has been announced as the 2012 Sport SA Event of the Year at the KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport.

The 2012 event showcased the strongest WTC field ever, attracting a line-up of legends lead by 17-time Grand Slam Champion John McEnroe along with Patrick Rafter, Brad Gilbert, Henri Leconte and Mansour Bahrami.

The ‘current player’ line-up included Alex Dogopolov, Stanislas Wawrinka, Michael Llodra and Tommy Haas, who fine-tuned their games ahead of Australian Open 2012.

The community engagement arm of the event – the ‘Be Active Challenge’ – continued to grow, with over 2,000 people playing across the 10 days at Memorial Drive in January.

“The WTC Directors and Tennis SA staff are delighted to see the 2012 World Tennis Challenge recognised as Sport SA Event of the Year,” co-tournament director Mark Woodforde said.

“The 2012 event was a big year for us bringing big personalities to Adelaide for not only the South Australian crowds to enjoy, but also the viewers at home via the Fox Sports broadcast and international audience via Eurosport.”

The 2012 World Tennis Challenge drew 15,500 spectators during the event, as well as injecting an estimated $4.2 million into the South Australian tourism industry.

The tournament enjoyed more that 100,000 website hits, gained 2,005 fans on Facebook and more than 400 Twitter followers, and over 100,000 views on our youtube channel during January.

The KPMG Celebration of South Australian Sport was held at Adelaide Entertainment Centre on 23 November 2012, and evening which honoured those who have made an outstanding contribution to sport in South Australia as individual or team athletes, coaches, administrators and volunteers from both metropolitan and regional areas of South Australia.

The 2013 edition of the World Tennis Challenge will take place at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, Adelaide, on 8-10 January 2013.

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