With the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2017 drawing to a close, having smashed attendance records and media coverage for our city, the Liberal National Government, through Tourism Western Australia, has exercised a contract option to secure the event for a further five years.
- Event secured for Perth Arena until 2022
- On track for record attendance at 2017 tournament
- Proudly supported by State Government for 29 years through Tourism WA
- Some of Australia's hottest tennis action has been secured for Perth for at least the next five years.
Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett said he was delighted that the State's involvement would continue.
"This agreement with the International Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia means the Hopman Cup will be played at Perth Arena through to 2022," Mr Barnett said.
The final attendance figure for this year's tournament, headlined by tennis superstar Roger Federer, is expected to top 105,000 following tonight's final. A further 6,000 fans came to see Roger Federer at his open training session at Perth Arena last week.
The Premier said if final ticket sales were as expected, this year's tournament would be the most successful in the event's 29-year history.
"Tennis fans have put their support behind the Hopman Cup and turned out in droves," he said.
"The previous attendance record was set in 2013 when 104,468 people watched the tennis action at Perth Arena for the first time.
"On Wednesday night, the biggest tennis crowd in WA history gathered at Perth Arena when 13,785 spectators cheered on Switzerland and Germany."
Early data from ticket sales show a higher number of fans from outside WA attended this year's tournament compared to others, with buyers from non-WA postcodes accounting for at least 6,000 tickets sold, bringing valuable tourism dollars to the State.
"Congratulations to everyone involved from tournament director Paul Kilderry and the Hopman Cup team, to the players, the coaching staff, all the officials, the ball boys and girls and the army of volunteers who give up their time to make the tournament a success," Mr Barnett said.
The Premier said events such as the Mastercard Hopman Cup 2017 were an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow the tourism industry in Western Australia to $12 billion by 2020.
"In the year ending September 2016, the State's tourism industry was worth $9.6 billion in visitor spend," he said.
"Events contribute to this figure by giving people a reason to visit Western Australia and generating valuable broadcast opportunities and media coverage across our key markets."
- Hopman Cup was first held in 1988. The current multi-nation format debuted in 1989
- Wednesday night's attendance of 13,785 eclipsed the previous session record of more than 13,500 (Serbia and Australia in 2013)