12 January 2018 | Tennis SA

After such an amazing week of tennis, I have some thank yous I would like to make.

To our major sponsor, the City of Playford. Mayor Docherty, we simply cannot thank you and your team enough. We have been blessed to work with the most amazing team of people who have helped us to bring this tournament to life…so to all of the City of Playford staff who have played a part in this event, thank you.

Thank you also to the event sponsors who came on board for the first year of the event, SADB, Channel 7 and White Marquee, we thank you for your support and hope that these are relationships that can continue well in to the future.

I would like to extend a huge thank you to the hard working team of staff and officials who work behind the scenes to make this tournament possible. Tennis Australia Tournament Operations Coordinator – Jason Simmons, ATP Supervisor – Carl Baldwin, ITF Supervisor – Luiz Parada, Chief of Officials – Kirsty Marnane, Medical Staff – Leisa Stringer, Jennifer Laver-Scott and Matt Robinson, Ballkid Managers – Rebeka Schaefer and Bailey McCarthy, our Accreditation Manager – Maggie Kerr and our Production Team streaming this event to millions around the world, thank you.

To Tennis Australia’s Fiona Luscombe, Isabelle Gemmel and Rehaneh De Kretser, as well as the entire team at Tennis SA, in particular Steve Baldas, Ty Allen, Darren Sahb, Anne-Marie Handke, Egon Loh, Matt Fitzgerald, Amelia Waters, Dylan Hicks…thank you so much for all of your help and support in the lead up to and during the event.

To the teams from TennisGear and The Grove Tennis Club, thank you for your support of the tournament, for the incredibly long hours you have pulled behind the scenes and for allowing us take over your venue for the last few weeks, we really appreciate it.

To the most amazing ballkid team – you did an outstanding job throughout the week! Huge thank you to Bek, Bailey and the team for your work behind the scenes.

I would also like to thank our umpires, Player Services, Court Services, Transport Services, Canteen staff, Stringers and various other volunteers who have helped us out over the week. Many of you didn’t know what you were getting yourselves in to, but we really hope you have enjoyed being on the team and we simply could not do this without your support.

To Channel 7’s Theo Doropoulos, thank you for MCing our Finals Day. Your professionalism and ability to step in and take control of the day was simply brilliant! Thank you so very much for your continued support of the event.

To all of the athletes who have participated in this year’s tournament. Thank you for providing us with such fabulous tennis over the course of the week. It has been a pleasure to have you be a part of the tournament and hope that you have enjoyed your time here.

Finally, to the spectators who have visited, those who have watched the event live online and those who have followed the event on social media, thank you for coming along for the ride, we really appreciate your support!

There are just so many people to thank, so to anyone else I might have missed, thank you.

Breanna Hassam
Tournament Director