Advance Tickets For Australian Open Selling At Record Levels, Ahead Of '13 Pace
Advance ticket sales for the Australian Open are "tracking at record levels less than a week out from the start of the Melbourne Park Grand Slam, with only the Hopman Cup suffering a decline in attendance so far this summer," according to Linda Pearce of THE AGE. A "bumper" Brisbane Int'l, "buoyed by the debut appearance of drawcard Roger Federer and the success of Lleyton Hewitt, posted its best crowd numbers -- 105,730 compared with the previous high of 92,802" in '12. Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley said that "ticket sales in Sydney were ahead of last year's figures," while patronage at the Hobart Int'l, where Queenslander Sam Stosur is the top seed, is up by 600%. Total attendance at the 2013 Australian Open (684,457) was 1,549 short of the '12 record, but Tiley was "cautious when asked about the chances of reaching 700,000 at this month's edition." Tiley: "We're tracking significantly that way [towards 700,000] with ticket sales, but to get those numbers we would need 14 days of good weather" (THE AGE, 1/7).