*Editors note: It’s been recently announced that Agassi has had to withdraw due to injury. We will update this article as soon as info is received from WTC regarding a replacement.
Absolute tennis gun and winner of not one, not two, but FOUR Australian Opens, Andre Agassi, is set to return to Adelaide for the first time in 20 years for next week’s World Tennis Challenge.
The former world No.1 and eight-time Grand Slam singles champion is headlining the field for the tenth edition of the World Tennis Challenge playing the “legends” match on Wednesday 10 January against Australia’s own Mark “the Scud” Philippoussis.
Agassi, who holds 60 career titles, is one of the most successful players of all time and is the only man to have won a singles title at every Grand Slam, an Olympic Games gold medal (1996 Atlanta Olympic Games) and the ATP Tour World Championships (won in 1990).
Sports fans will remember the last time Agassi graced the Next Generation courts at War Memorial Drive in 1998. When he took on Adelaide’s burgeoning tennis talent, 16-year-old Lleyton Hewitt who went on to with the 1998 Next Generation Adelaide International.
Of course, the World Tennis Challenge isn’t just about the greats returning to the court, it’s also about current greats hitting the court in front of an Adelaide audience.
Aussie doubles sensation John Peers and Finland’s Henri Kontinen will again be joined by one of the most successful pairings in history, Americans Bob and Mike Bryan. Repping Australia for the singles will be Adelaide’s own Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The World Tennis Challenge next week will run over three days, with each night featuring a singles match, a doubles match, and a “legends” match.
Whether you’re a super tennis fan or not, the World Tennis Challenge is set to be an epic few nights as Adelaide kicks into the sports-filled month of January.
Mon 8 Jan 6:30pm:
Team Australia vs. Team International
John Peers (AUS) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) vs. Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)
Mark Philippoussis (AUS) vs. Mats Wilander (SWE)
Tues 9 Jan 6:30pm:
Team USA vs. Team International
Mike Bryan (USA) / Bob Bryan (USA) vs. Jamie Murray (GBR) / Bruno Soares (BRA)
Frances Tiafoe (USA) vs. Gael Monfils (FRA)
Andre Agassi (USA) vs. Mats Wilander (SWE)
Wed 10 Jan 6:30pm:
Team Australia vs. Team USA
John Peers (AUS) / Henri Kontinen (FIN) vs. Mike Bryan (USA) / Bob Bryan (USA)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS) vs. Frances Tiafoe (USA)
Andre Agassi (USA) vs. Mark Philippoussis (AUS)