Maria will play her first tournament of 2013 at the Brisbane
International. This will be Maria's first appearance at the Premier
level event which runs from December 30th - January 6th.
On playing Brisbane, Maria said: "I am so looking forward to
coming to Brisbane for the Brisbane International. It will be my
first time attending so I can't wait to see all my fans there.
Going into Australia after a long off season you always want
to have the best possible matches. I tried to put Brisbane on the
map last year but unfortunately couldn't make it out of injury … I
have heard so many great things about it. It is such a big event
for all the players."
Brisbane International Tournament Director, Cameron Pearson,
said the announcement of Maria is great news for fans.
"Maria Sharapova is a global tennis
superstar and an exciting addition to our player field, which of
course already includes Andy Murray - the newly crowned US
Open men's singles champion, and we look forward welcoming her to
Queensland and providing fans with some great tennis
"Maria choosing to start her year in
Queensland is testament to the quality of the Brisbane
International and the competition on offer," Pearson
Minister for Tourism, Major Events,
Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey,
welcomed the female tennis champion to Brisbane.
"Queensland tennis fans will be
thrilled to welcome Maria Sharapova to Brisbane for the 2013
tournament," said Ms Stuckey.
"The Brisbane International is a
great event on our calendar, last year attracting a record 92,802
attendees, giving Queensland world-wide exposure.
"Events like this are a major
contributor to the state's economy, playing an important role in
the Newman Government's goal to establish Queensland as Australia's
number one tourist destination."
Maria talks about playing in Brisbane next year
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