Latest 11 Jan 2018

Tennis Stars off-court action

Tennis Stars off-court action

In undoubtedly the best tournament yet, the 2018 ASB Classic has been action packed on and off the court for visiting tennis stars as they managed to get out and about around Auckland and experience what the incredible host city has to offer.

The first week of the tournament saw tennis stars Donald Young and Steve Johnson visit the Auckland Museum where they experienced a vibrant glimpse of Māori culture in an engaging performance which culminated in a high-energy, spine-tingling version of the world-famous haka. The love of tennis had women’s doubles champions Sara Errani and Bibianne Schoofs visiting the Naveya and Sloane Kissing Booth following their incredible final match where they were pictured posing with their trophy inside the Kissing Booth.

Later in the week Next Generation players Denis Shapovalov, Hyeon Chung and Stefanos Tsitsipas took on four young guns from the SkyCity Breakers at Spark Arena showing strength, fitness, and agility proving they’re just as useful when it comes to trying their luck at another discipline.

During the following week, John Isner took to the umpire’s chair in an exhibition match between two local tennis clubs where the winner took home a signed gold leaf Moët & Chandon Jeroboam. Whilst Sam Querry and Stefano Tsitspas cruised the Waitemata Harbour aboard Heritage Vessel ‘The Ted Ashby’ with volunteers from the New Zealand Maritime Museum. On-site, fans at the ASB Tennis Arena were able to get up close to tennis star Roberto Bautista Agut and take home a signed BMW keepsake at an exciting player signing following his match against Steve Johnson.

The tennis stars enjoyed the spectacular weather, local hospitality and the best of what Auckland has to offer in two weeks of world-class tennis.