For the first time in ASB classic’s 61-year history the women’s weekend have sold out before the Men’s, and the earlier stages of the women’s tournament are almost at capacity.
This comes as no surprise as the biggest female name in tennis is debuting at the ASB Classic, none other than Serena Williams.
Williams holds a phenomenal career record that features 22 grand slam women’s singles titles.
The 35-year-old will use the Auckland event as the build-up towards the first slam of 2017, the Australian Open, which she has won six times.
ASB Classic tournament director Karl Budge is delighted to see strong support for the women’s competition early on.
“The later stages of the women’s event has always been very popular. However, this year has gone to new levels. We achieved a record for the most tickets sold in one day last Thursday and that momentum has continued over the weekend. Fans are coming from all over New Zealand and it is great to see so many people getting behind tennis,” said Budge.
With over 64,000 people attending the ASB Classic earlier this year, the highest in the tournament’s history, Budge expects attendee numbers to surpass this year as demand is at an all-time high.
“We are in the process of signing some very strong players so we’re very excited about the level of competition that we’ll have on court. I encourage people to purchase their tickets as soon as possible to avoid missing out.”
More player signings will be announced in the coming weeks with the full men’s and women’s line-up to be announced late November.