One of the first tournaments of the 2023 season, Adelaide International is set to return in early January. With multiple top 10 players in attendance, the event will headline the 2023 season, acting as a warm-up for the Australian Open set in mid-January. Keep reading to learn more about one of the first big tournaments of 2023.
WTA Adelaide International 1 Tennis Tournament
The Adelaide International is an annual hard-court outdoor tennis tournament held in the city of Adelaide, Australia. The tournament has been split into 2 events, Adelaide 1 and Adelaide 2 held one after another over 2 weeks’ time. The Adelaide International is part of the ATP and WTA Tours with both sessions held simultaneously at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre. Adelaide 1 is of the ATP 250 and WTA 500 tour category, with 2023 marking the 4th WTA and 3rd ATP Adelaide International edition. The main sponsors for the event are the Government of South Australia and Adelaide South Australia.
|Venue||Memorial Drive Tennis Centre|
|Tour category||WTA 500|
|Draw||32 S, 24 D|
Adelaide International 2023 Results
In 2023, seeded number 2 Aryna Sabalenka wins the Adelaide International week 1 single title. Belarusian player Aryna played a final against Linda Noskova of the Czech Republic and defeated her in straight sets (6-3, 7-6). World No. 5 Aryna Sabalenka opens her 2023 season with a perfect week in Adelaide to capture her 11th title and 1st since 2021 in Madrid.
In the doubles championship, American pair Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend defeated Storm Hunter and Katerina Siniakova. The winning pair win the final in straight sets with 6-2, 7-6. The duo picks up their second tour-level title together and 12th overall as pros.
Adelaide International History and Previous Winners
The Adelaide International tournament was first established in 2020. There had been no event at Adelaide from both tours that led up to the Grand Slam since 2009. But after the tour was streamlined and condensed in 2019, a vacancy was created that Adelaide could fulfill. Thus, in 2019, the South Australian Government announced plans to construct a new large-scale tennis center and secured a deal with Tennis Australia.
Soon after the facility’s construction, the inaugural edition of the Adelaide International was held. The tournament began as an ATP 250 and WTA 250 event but with one single session. In 2021, the tournament became a WTA-only event and was held after the Australian Open. Then, in 2022, as a response to the multiple events that were canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Adelaide International was split into 2 events, with the first upgrade to a WTA 500 event.
Adelaide International Winners
The tournament has retained its WTA500 tour category and to date, all of the singles champions have either been or gone on to be ranked world no. 1. The biggest example of this is Ashleigh Barty who retired in 2022. She won 2 of the 3 Adelaide tournaments held as a home favorite champion. A list of all the previous singles and doubles winners is given below.
|Year||Singles Champion||Doubles Champions|
|2023||Aryna Sabalenka||Asia Muhammad / Taylor Townsend|
|2022||Ashleigh Barty (AUS)||Ashleigh Barty/Storm Sanders|
|2021||Iga Swiatek (POL)||Alexa Guarachi/Desirae Krawczyk|
|2020||Ashleigh Barty (AUS)||Nicole Melichar/Xu Yifan|
WTA Adelaide International Prize Money and Ranking Points
The prize fund for the WTA Adelaide 1 is $826,837. The Prize money distribution of Adelaide International 1 has been listed below
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||WTA Points|
Keep in mind the distribution could be different and may be subject to change.
WTA Adelaide International 1 Players List
The participating players’ list for Adelaide International is as top tier as it has ever been with 4 top 10 players set to compete for the Adelaide champion title. Ons Jabeur, the world no. 2, Wimbledon, and US Open runner-up headlines the event. Other notable players in attendance are the 2022 WTA Newcomer of the Year Zheng Qinwen, no. 5 Aryna Sabalenka, no. 8 Daria Kasatkina, and more.
Multiple Grand Slam champions will also be in participation, including former no. 1 and 2-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka, 2022 Wimbledon Champion, and Adelaide runner-up Elena Rybakina, Bianca Andreescu, and Jelena Ostapenko. Russian nationals have also been allowed to participate in the event. Ashleigh Barty, the reigning champion will not be returning to defend her title as she has retired, but her runner-up Elena Rybakina will make a return. The complete player list is given below.
|Ashleigh Barty World No. 1 Announced Retirement From Tennis|
2023 WTA Adelaide International 1 Single Players Top Seeds
|2||Aryna Sabalenka (champion)||5|
Singles Wild Card Entries
- Bianca Andreescu
- Marketa Vondrosouva (Special ranking)
- Priscilla Hon
- Jaimee Fourlis
They have received entry via secured ranking due to their prior absence from the tour.
Note: The player’s list may be subject to change.
2023 WTA Adelaide International 1 Doubles Top Seeds
|1||Storm Hunter / Katerina Siniakova||11|
|2||Lyudmyla Kichenok / Jelena Ostapenko||23|
|3||Anna Danilina / Sania Mirza||35|
|4||Nicole Melichar-Martinez / Ellen Perez||39|
|5||Shuko Aoyama / Ena Shibahara||45|
|6||Chan Hao-Ching / Yang Zhaoxuan||52|
|7||Asia Muhammad / Taylor Towsend (champion)||59|
|8||Anastasia Potapova / Yana Sizikova||89|
WTA Adelaide International 1 Draws
The tournament will have 32 singles and 24 doubles draws that will be released on the official website as the tournament progresses.
WTA Adelaide International 1 Dates
The first Adelaide event will take place across 8 days from the 1st-8th of January. The main draw will probably be conducted in a week from the 2nd-6th, with a qualifying round on the 1st of January. The official schedule has not yet been released.
WTA Adelaide International 1 Schedule
As the official schedule has not been announced, we will look at the 2022 WTA Adelaide International 1’s schedule as there shouldn’t be any major changes.
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|2nd January||Round 1||Round 1|
|3rd January||Round 1||Round 1|
|4th January||Round 2||Round 1|
|5th January||Round 2||Quarter Final|
|6th January||Quarter Final||Semi-Final|
Keep in mind the schedule above is not official and may be subject to change.
WTA Adelaide International 1 Tickets
Tickets for the event went on pre-sale on November 9th and have been on sale since November 10th. Tickets apply for 1 day or night session except for the 1st and 8th, possibly the qualifying round and the Final. They are available for purchase on Ticketmaster starting from $20. To purchase tickets, click on the link mentioned below.
Here’s all you need to know about the 2023 Adelaide International!
- This year there will be two separate tournaments played over two weeks.
- Week 1 will commence Sunday 1 January and finals will be on Sunday 8 January
- Week 2 will commence Monday 9 January and finals will be on Saturday 14 January.
- Both tournaments will be WTA 500 and ATP 250 events
- GA Ground Passes start at just $20 for selected sessions and provide an all-access pass to the event.
- There are more activities than just tennis – with live music, a family zone, entertainment, bars, food trucks, and new premium experiences at The Drive’s new facilities.