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Event Notes: Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix Organizer Announces Tickets Are Sold Out

For the third consecutive year, the Mexican Formula 1 Grand Prix will take place in front of a sold-out crowd. The organizer of the event tweeted, "Thanks to you, for the third consecutive year, tickets for the #MexicoGP are totally sold out" (LA AFICIÓN, 10/10).

Queensland Minister for Special Events Kate Jones said that the state "deserves" a first National Rugby League grand final outside of Sydney "despite Melbourne's claims that it can offer 47,000 more seats." The Queensland government "will know in the next seven days which NRL grand finals it can bid to bring to Suncorp Stadium," with Sydney's ANZ Stadium "most likely" unavailable for the '19 and '20 grand finals (Brisbane COURIER-MAIL, 10/11).

Twenty virtual racers secured their slots for Formula 1's inaugural esports series final on Tuesday. The 40 hopefuls on stage at London's Gfinity Arena "won through from 63,827 entrants worldwide" competing on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC platforms. The semifinals, around virtual Silverstone and Interlagos circuits, were livestreamed through social media and (REUTERS, 10/10).

The Brisbane Int'l is "at match point in bids to bring Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic, winners of 35 Grand Slam titles between them, back to Queensland this summer." Sources said that Djokovic is "strongly considering playing the Brisbane event," which starts on Dec. 31 (COURIER-MAIL, 10/11).

From next season, the Women's Tennis Association Ladies Open will take place on clay courts in southern Switzerland. The second edition of the tournament will be held from April 9-15 at the tennis court of TC Lido Lugano. InfrontRingier Sports & Entertainment Switzerland is responsible for the entire organization as well as the worldwide marketing rights, national media rights and the exclusive hospitality area of the competition (Infront).

A rock was thrown at the Australian national cricket team's bus, "smashing a window," after its T20 int'l win against India in Guwahati. Players and staff were traveling to the hotel from the Barsapara Stadium when the bus was hit. Cricket Australia said that no one was injured, but the players were "shaken up by the incident" (BBC, 10/11).