Ash Barty to play ‘The Drive’ tonight for the Adelaide International

‘The Drive’ has been revealed as the new name of the home of tennis in South Australia – as world no.1 Ash Barty takes to its courts tonight.

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World No.1 tennis champ Ash Barty is set to take centre court tonight for the Adelaide International, at SA’s newly named Memorial Drive tennis hub – ‘The Drive’.

The new name was confirmed by Tennis SA CEO Debbie Sterrey, as the Adelaide International kicked off and with the stunning $44 million stage two redevelopment over the halfway point of completion.

As well as hosting world-class international tennis events, ‘The Drive’ will play host to a wide variety of community, sport and entertainment events, making it a valuable addition to Adelaide’s sporting culture.

“Acknowledging the rich tennis history of our site was of paramount importance when it came to naming the venue,” Debbie Sterrey said. 

“So many have fond memories of attending concerts and entertainment events, as well as tennis tournaments here in days gone by”.

“We hope that ‘The Drive’ returns to become the place where new memories can be made,” Sterrey added. 

Opportunities to recognise former South Aussie tennis greats at ‘The Drive’ are also being developed, with further announcements to be made when the venue is complete. 

A string of Australian stars will descend on Adelaide over the next two weeks, with many of them bringing fond memories back to the city of churches.

The first of two Adelaide International events, a dual ATP and WTA fixture, runs from 3-9 January with Australia’s two top-ranked women set to take part. Another dual ATP and WTA event begins on 10 January.

Australia’s tennis golden girl Ash Barty will play again tonight in the singles competition against Coco Gauff, returning to ‘The Drive’ following her 2020 Adelaide triumph. 

Already event ready for the Adelaide International, The Drive is to be fully completed and officially opened in the second half of 2022.  

The Adelaide International will be held over two weeks from the 3-9 Jan and the 10 – 15 Jan at The Drive
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