Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

    Great return, Roger: WA welcomes back tennis icon

    30/12/2016 11:15 AM
    • Tennis star Roger Federer returns to Perth for the first time in 15 years
    • Will represent Switzerland at the Mastercard Hopman Cup from January 1-7
    • State Government is a founding sponsor of the Cup through Tourism WA

    International tennis superstar Roger Federer has touched down in Perth, for the first time in 15 years, ahead of a much-anticipated appearance at the Mastercard Hopman Cup, which begins on Sunday (January 1).


    In a major coup for Western Australia, the eyes of the international sporting world will be on Perth as Federer returns to competition after almost six months' recuperation from a knee injury.


    At Cottesloe Beach today, Premier and Tourism Minister Colin Barnett met the 17-time Grand Slam champion and welcomed him back to Western Australia.


    "Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all time and has truly become an iconic figure in world sport," Mr Barnett said.


    "Roger's choice of Perth to kick-start his 2017 season shows the esteem and popularity of the Hopman Cup, which the State Government has been proud to sponsor for its entire 29-year history."


    Federer last competed at the Hopman Cup in 2002 with his now-wife Mirka, after winning the event as a 19-year-old in 2001 with Martina Hingis.


    "I'm sure Roger will notice significant changes in Perth since his visit 15 years ago, including the magnificent Perth Arena where the tournament is now played," the Premier said.


    "As well as attracting visitors into Perth, Mastercard Hopman Cup 2017 will be broadcast around the world, providing the perfect platform to showcase our ever changing city and State.  This year's exceptional line-up of international tennis stars, headlined by Roger Federer, will also attract huge traditional and social media coverage."


    The State Government has sponsored the Hopman Cup since its inception in 1989.  The current sponsorship deal includes an option to continue for a further five years, securing the unique mixed-team competition for Western Australia until 2022.


    "Events such as the Mastercard Hopman Cup form an important part of the State Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism in Western Australia to $12 billion by 2020," Mr Barnett said.


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