Australian Open 2010 to be held in Hobart

The Hobart Real Tennis Club is to play host for the 2010 Australian Open Mens and Womens singles and doubles in late January.

From the ARTA Chair of Tennis, Alistair Curley:

The 2010 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s Singles & Doubles will be held in Hobart. Here are the dates:

Pro Am Dinner 22 Jan
ProAm Tournament – 23/24 Jan
Aus Open Practice – 22/25 Jan
Aus Open Tournament – 26 Jan – 2 Feb

Further information, including entry forms and prize money details, will be available shortly. Please direct all enquiries to tournament director, Pete Boyles, email

Hobart looks forward to welcoming the world’s top men and women players, to enjoy the fine summer weather, the famous Tasmanian hospitality and, of course, some great tennis.

Admission Prices

Ticketing details are now available – see the full list of prices here –

admission prices aus open

The Draw

Draws and match results have been moved to a separate post – results updated as they come to hand.


7 thoughts on “Australian Open 2010 to be held in Hobart

  1. Hi Doug,
    The women’s singles final is (at this stage) scheduled to be played on Monday 1st February, from 5pm.
    Men’s singles final Monday 1st February, not before 6.30pm.
    Doubles will be the next day, same times – women’s 5pm Tuesday 2nd Feb, men’s not before 6.30pm.

    For more info please feel free to contact the club.

    Hope this helps !

    • Hi Ross,
      The men’s draw is now available – see the link above.
      The other draws will be posted as soon as they become available.

  2. The first official event of the Australian Open 2010 carnival was held in Hobart yesterday.
    A fantastic dinner the night before, catered for the by super chefs Biz and Ian Ritchard ensured a well nourished field for the Pro-Am. Rob Fahey wowed the diners with his stories of hitherto unheard of historic tennis figures and Graeme Bradfield proved that lack of decency is no barrier to a successful auction.

    In todays final, crowd favourite Peter Scollard teamed with RMTC’s Chris Chapman to defeat the team of Liz Eden, Ros Pitt and Pete Boyles. Both Scollard and Chapman were on fire in every match, their victory surely built arround Scollard’s near unplayable serve and Chappy’s superb retrieving.

    Tomorrow is a practice day with the first round singles matches in the men’s and women’s starting on Tuesday.

    See you at Scollard’s tonight! For the tournament welcome drinks.

  3. The Australian Open started in earnest yesterday on the Hobart court with five matches played. A large and parochial Hobart crowd was treated to both the modern power and classic length versions of the game.

    The first match for the day saw Brad Dale play Mike Happell. This was Dale’s first game of competitive tennis for some time and a ruthless Happell was unlikely to give an inch. Dale played some very good shots, however Happell was too consistent, barely missing a ball.

    Happell defeated Dale 6/0 6/1 6/0

    The second match on court was Bret Richardson vs Pete Boyles. With very similar handicaps this match looked like it would be the most competitive of the day. Someone forgot to tell Richardson. Using a devastating return of serve force and glorious volleying Richardson raced to a 6/1 3/0 lead before Boyles steadied. Richardson still managed to win the important points and closed out the set 6/4.

    The third set saw Boyles begin to restrict the Richardson return of serve and drop his error rate to be leading 4/1 when much to the surprise of the large crowd Richardson retired hurt with an adductor strain.

    Boyles defeated Richardson 0/6 4/6 4/1 retired hurt

    The third match proved the upset of the day when the evergreen legend of the game Barry Toates matched his guile against the youthful exuberance of Peter Estcourt. In the first set some tight serving and heavy cut from the hazard end put Estcourt under immense pressure. Estcourt’s work rate was very high, but Toates controlled the set comfortably taking it 6/2.

    In the second set Estcourt showed improved retrieving forcing Toates to play an extra shot or two in most rallies. However Toates’ knowledge of the court and the game of tennis proved too much. 6/3 to Toates.

    The third set was the closest of the match. The maestro was tiring (not surprising since it is 40-odd years since his first Australian Open!) and Estcourt had his chances to generate some scoreboard pressure. With the set level at 3-3 a closely fought game with long rallies saw Toates (now suffering from a leg cramp) take a 4-3 lead which quick as flash became 5-3. The parochial Hobart crowd were screaming the house down as their man appeared to close in on a famous victory. Estcourt won a fairly easy game to 15, but was stuck at the hazard end and Toates was able to take the game and the match much to the delight of a now delirious Toates family and crowd.

    Toates defeated Estcourt 6/2 6/3 6/4

    The first game of the women’s tournament was between Jo Bartholomew from the UK and Kate Brown. Kate has been training hard for the Open and it showed with a clinical victory. Bartholomew was always under pressure on Kate’s home court. Whilst enjoying her match, it was noted that Bartholomew was keen for the match to finish in time for her to settle in to watch the lawners match of Nadal vs Murray!

    The final match gave the crowd their first glimpse of one of the tournament favorites, Rury Gunn. Gunn has been in heavy training for his upcoming world championship eliminator match. Against a supremely fit and focused Gunn his opponent Hilton Booth was not expected to threaten. However, playing some career best tennis Booth engaged Gunn in many amazing rallies displaying incredible court coverage, brilliant retrieving and deceptive forcing. The match result showed a comfortable victory for Gunn, but did little to illustrate the exhilarating tennis on display.

    Gunn defeated H Booth 6/1 6/0 6/1

    Looking forward to today’s play!

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