Since quarantine requirements have dealt a death blow to several top local sporting tournament events, including Auckland’s ASB Classic, local tennis fans now have their sights set on December’s Te Anau Invitational.
Alongside similar classics such as the Wellington Open / New Zealand Championship, the upcoming invitational remains one of New Zealand’s premier tennis events, said Tennis New Zealand Communication and Marketing Director Gareth Archer in response to news of several high-profile tournament cancellations.
The event will be played by New Zealand’s top 8 tennis men’s champions – including defending champion Finn Tearney – and will be competed in Te Anau on December 28 and 29. The total prize money up for grabs this year is $21,000. Tearney has competed in all seven invitationals staged so far. Other entries include Ajeet Rai and Rubin Stratham.
Those interested in attending can look forward to possibly even winning expenses-paid trips to the Te Anu Invitational. In order to enter the “Love Tennis” promotional competition, fans can – free of charge – visit any one of several tennis clubs across the nation and put their names down for a “free hit”. Once signed up, all names will then be entered into a special draw.
Twelve people will win travel and accommodation as well as prestigious court-side seating at the invitational – with a bonus Te Anau helicopter ride thrown in for extra fun. Two tickets have been made available for each of New Zealand’s six competition regions.
The idea behind the competition, said Tennis NZ’s Gareth Archer, is to invite more Kiwi’s along for the amazing experience.
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