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Playford Tennis International – the champion maker

Playford Tennis International – the champion maker
Published 10 October 2022
We've complied a list of the big names that have hit the court at the Playford Tennis International over the years.

The City of Playford Tennis International is fast gaining a reputation as the champion maker of tennis tournaments, with past players going on to hit the big time on the world circuit.

Forming part of the Men’s ATP Challenger and Women’s ITF Futures programs, in just four years the Playford International has produced Wimbledon champions, world top five players and a slew of US and Australian Open competitors.

The International will return this year, to the Playford Tennis Centre from 24 October, where the champs of the future will again take to the court – and locals will have the chance to catch future superstars in action.

Our champions

Elena Rybakina – reigning Wimbledon champion.

Elena was runner up at Playford International Tournament in summer 2019.

A few months later, she took home the trophy for the Bucharest Open, followed by the Hobart International.

The 6-foot-tall powerhouse secured her first Grand Slam title earlier this year at Wimbledon.

Elena Rybakina
Elena Rybakina in Playford.

Casper Ruud – current world number three.

Casper Ruud competed at Playford in 2019. Ruud went on to become the first Norwegian to reach world number two in singles tennis.

Hailed as a talented young player with terrific court movement, Ruud has gone on to win nine titles.

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Casper Ruud at US Open final.

Daniil Medvedev – current world number four.

In 2018, Daniil Medvedev hit the courts at Playford Tennis International.

He went on to play his first Grand Slam final the following year at US Open, coming runner-up to Rafael Nadal.

Medvedev was runner up at the 2021 and 2022 Australian Open and took home the trophy at the 2021 US open, which placed him as world world number one for 16 weeks.

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Daniil Medvedev.

Bianca Andreescu – US and Canadian Open champion.

Andreescu competed at Playford International in 2019, just before going on to win the US and Canadian Opens that same year. The Canadian defeated Serena Williams to win both titles.

She has a career high ranking of number four in the world and was the first player to win a Grand Slam singles title as a teenager since Maria Sharapova in 2006.

Bianca Andreescu.

Max Purcell – 2022 Wimbledon Doubles champion.

Known for his iconic mullet and stella sportsmanship, Purcell partnered with Matthew Ebden to take home the Wimbledon Doubles title earlier this year.

Purcell was just starting to make a name for himself when he competed at Playford in 2019. He owns 2 singles and 11 doubles titles on the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Challenger Tour.

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Max Purcell (right).

City of Playford Tennis International

24 to 30 October

Free - daily from 10am

Playford Tennis Centre

50 Spruance Rd,

Elizabeth East.

Twilight Highlight!

Free - Friday 28 October from 4:30m

Enjoy the off-court entertainment including:

  • Balloons
  • Face Painting
  • Native Animals
  • Adelaide United, Central Districts Football Club, Adelaide Thunderbirds player appearances and activities
  • Henna Art
  • Come and Try Tennis
  • Speed Gun – Serving Inflatables

See the quarterfinals play out on the Friday night and get ready for the mighty, nail-biting grand finals!

Finals day

From 10.30am
Tennis starts 11am

  • Kids Zone
  • Inflatable Obstacle Course
  • Balloons
  • Face Painting

Native Animals