Australian tennis champs to feature mixed doubles, increased prize money

A tennis player prepares to swing at the ball

Tennis Australia has announced that its 2018 Australian Tennis Championships for athletes with an intellectual impairment, running from 24-27 January in Melbourne, will feature mixed doubles for the first time as well as increased prize money.

Taking place in partnership with Sport Inclusion Australia, the competition is being sanctioned by the International Federation for Intellectual Impairment Sport (World Intellectual Impairment Sport) once again.

It is the 21st edition of the tournament and is open to players from around the world. It will be run alongside the Australian Open with athletes playing on the same outside courts.

As well as mixed doubles, titles in men’s and women’s singles and doubles will be contested. Preliminary round and main draw matches will be held at the Albert Reserve and finals at the iconic Melbourne Park.

Singles winners will receive AUD 850, doubles AUD 400 each and AD 300 for the mixed doubles. Runners-up will be handed AUD 400, 250 and 150 respectively.

Entry information is available at the World Intellectual Impairment Sport events page.