Latest 19 Dec 2018

New Year, New Schedule for the ASB Classic

by Rhonda Karl
New Year, New Schedule for the ASB Classic

In what is shaping up to be another powerful year for the ASB Classic, a schedule update and Women’s and Men’s fields packed full of super star talent means fans will get the opportunity to watch some of the world’s top athletes in action on centre court on what are usually considered the more quieter days of the tournament.

With the Women’s draw for the ASB Classic now being played over seven days, the first round of the tournament will be split into just two twilight sessions starting mid-afternoon on Monday 31 December and Tuesday 1 January, delivering the perfect way to ring in the New Year.

This means the very real likelihood that fans will be watching world number three Caroline Wozniacki and defending champion Julia Goerges both play their first-round matches in a single session.  Or perhaps catching two former world number one’s in Venus Williams and Victoria Azarenka starting their 2019 season back-to-back on centre court.

And throw in to the mix glamour girl Eugenie Bouchard making her long anticipated return to Auckland, suddenly it starts looking like fans couple be in for an action packed couple of days!

There will then be two sessions per day on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for the week. After spending a long day in the summer sun, fans will be able to enjoy an evening of tennis, food and drink with night sessions starting at 7pm.  

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With semi-final action scheduled for a twilight session on Saturday 5 January and finals slated for Sunday 6 January, it’s the perfect way to end the week before heading back to the office!

While the Men’s week will see no change to their schedule, Kiwi tennis fans will be treated to some of the biggest names in tennis during the opening two days of the week.

With such a strong Men’s field confirmed for 2019 there is high likelihood fans could see some big names such as giant killer Thomas Berdych and ‘The Showman’ Gaël Monfils taking to centre court early in the week.  When you throw in the likes of rising stars Denis Shapovalov, Hyeon Chung and Roberto Bautista-Agut who are all sitting just outside the top four seeds which means they’ll all be in action on Monday and Tuesday, it could be an action packed few days for lucky fans.  

It’s clear the opening days of the ASB Classic in both weeks will be jam packed with must see tennis,

With ground passes selling for just $15, the brand new poolside experience at the Moët & Chandon Racquet Club as well as the plethora of exciting new food and beverage options available, there is only one place to be this summer.

The ASB Classic will span for two weeks; the women's tournament kicking off on December 31 to January 6 followed by the men’s tournament from January 7 to 12. Tickets are on sale now through Ticketek. You can purchase tickets either online, over the phone on (0800 842 538) or in person at one of the agencies listed on the event website.

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