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Roger Federer returns to the Brisbane International

01 September 2014

Roger Federer has today announced he will return to Queensland for his second shot at the Brisbane International in 2015. 

Minister for Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games, Jann Stuckey, welcomed the news that the 17-time Grand Slam champion and World No. 3, Roger Federer, would again travel to Queensland to start his 2015 season. 
  
“Federer’s debut attendance was a smash hit for Queensland’s tourism industry, attracting a record crowd of 105,730 across the event and generating significant revenue for the State’s economy,” Ms Stuckey said.   
  
“While Federer fell in the final to local hero Lleyton Hewitt at this year’s event, he also fell in love with Queensland and is ready for round two when Queensland’s biggest tennis event swings back into action in January. 
  
“The Brisbane International is a major event on Queensland’s calendar, supported by Tourism and Events Queensland, and I’m excited to see Roger return and compete against the best talent from Australia and the world.” 
  
Roger Federer said the Brisbane International was an important tournament on his calendar, a tournament he’s happy to come back to and was excited to experience for the first time earlier this year.  
  
“When I sign up for a tournament it’s because I’m going to try to win it and I want to enjoy the week there,” Federer said. 
  
“It was a great experience overall, on court and away from it as well. 
  
“I really enjoyed the city and the people were so friendly and welcoming to not just me but my whole family, and made our stay very special. Things went so well on the court in the singles and the doubles, I was actually very pleased because you never know when you come to a new arena, a new place how things are going to go but I was very happy with the whole week. 
  
“The atmosphere was very special, I think you could really feel a buzz. Throughout the week a sold-out crowd from the first day to the very end, and clearly the final was extra special playing against Lleyton in Australia.” 
  
Brisbane International Tournament Director Cameron Pearson, currently at the US Open in New York finalising details for Federer’s return, said today’s announcement was exciting news for local fans. 
  
“Roger is arguably the greatest player the sport has ever seen and we’re thrilled that tennis fans will have another chance to see him in action in Brisbane,” he said. 
  
“So many people have said to me they missed seeing Roger last year so I urge everyone to get in early and secure their seats for 2015. This summer we welcomed record crowds to Queensland Tennis Centre, so the best advice I can give anyone wanting to come along is to book your seats as soon as possible.  
  
“Roger is a massive drawcard for the event and we look forward to seeing him return for another attempt at winning the Roy Emerson Trophy this January.” 
  
Ms Stuckey said the Queensland Government’s 20-year plan for Tourism, Destination Success, outlined the importance of supporting events that drive visitation to Queensland’s destinations as the industry worked toward doubling annual overnight visitor expenditure to $30 billion by 2020 .  
  
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Media Contact 
Minister's Office:  Jarrad Brevi, 07 3719 7252 / 0439 291 268 
Tourism and Events Queensland: Lachlan Rogers, 07 3535 5225 / 0426 239 431