Fresh from being crowned 2017 Australian Open Doubles Champion, the world’s number 6 doubles player, JOHN PEERS will take to the court for Mosman Park Tennis Club in their State League fixture against Higgins Park this Friday night at the State Tennis Centre.
In a coup for WA tennis, this will be the first time in recent history that a Grand Slam Champion has played in the Tennis West State League.
Peers will also make himself available for photos and a Q&A session with the crowd before he takes to the court.
In a unique merge of the State’s best tournaments and leagues, the Friday night State League Fixture will also feature the Doubles Final of the Perth Tennis International Pro Tour Event, which provides international and national professional and aspiring female pro players a competitive opportunity to earn world ranking points and share of $50,000 in prize money across the two week swing.
Event Details are as follows:
Venue: State Tennis Centre, Burswood
Date: Friday 17 February 2017
4.00pm Perth Tennis International #1 Pro Tour Doubles Final
5.30pm Q&A and Photo Opportunity with John Peers
6.00pm State League fixture: Mosman Park TC v Higgins Park TC
Bar Open, Sausage Sizzle Available.
Please click here for the poster with all of the event details
Peers most recently represented Australia in Davis Cup earlier this month, where he partnered with Sam Groth to win the doubles and the tie against the Czech Republic. This caps off a stellar two years for Peers, who was twice a grand slam doubles runner-up in 2015 with former British partner Jamie Murray, before teaming up with Henri Kontinen at the start of the 2016 season.
Kontinen and Peers had a standout 2016 season, winning five titles, including the prestigious season-ending ATP Tour Finals. This all culminated in a Grand Slam title at the 2017 Australian Open where the pair defeated six-time legendary doubles champions, Bob and Mike Bryan 7-5 7-5.
“The last few months have been a bit of a whirlwind with the title in London, winning the Australian Open and then straight in to Davis Cup,” Peers said.
“Perth is home for me now and I don’t get back nearly as often as I would like.
“The State League competition in WA is one of the best in Australia and Mosman Park have a great team that I enjoy playing with. I played with the guys in December and spend quite a bit of time training there when I’m home.
“I’m looking forward to getting out with them on Friday night and hopefully putting on a bit of a show to a big crowd.”
Tennis West CEO, Michael Roberts is pleased to have Peers back in Perth representing his club in the nation’s best Tennis League competition.
“John has had such amazing success over the last two years, and his Grand Slam win over the Bryan brothers was phenomenal. We are so fortunate to have John back in Perth playing at the highest level in WA, and his appearance will surely inspire the next generation of future champions” Mr Roberts said
Tennis West’s Tennis League is the largest single association inter-club league competition in Australia. It is open to Tennis West affiliated club members of all ages and abilities. The State League Competition is the most elite level of league tennis played in WA. For more information about the Tennis West State league, including fixtures and results visit: http://www.tennis.com.au/wa/players/competitions/wa-tennis-league/results-fixtures
For more information about the Perth Tennis International, including live score visit: www.tennis.com.au/protour/scores