The 2014 tournament came to a smashing end when no. 1-seed Juan Martin Del Potro beat Bernard Tomic in the final in front of more than 10,000 fans.
The 2014 tournament came to a smashing end when no. 1-seed Juan Martin Del Potro beat Bernard Tomic in the final in front of more than 10,000 fans. Collecting $82,040 for his win, Spain’s Del Potro needed just 53 minutes to dispatch Australia’s Tomic in the ATP's final tune-up before the Australian Open.
In the women’s singles final, Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova defeated Germany’s Angelique Kerber in straight sets. Pironkova became the first qualifier in the history of the tournament to reach the final. In winning her first ever title, Pironkova did so without dropping a set in the tournament and collected $120,000 in prize money.
The unseeded pair Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic were crowned the men’s doubles champions beating third seeds Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. Whilst in the women’s doubles final, Timea Babos and Lucie Safarova won their first Apia International Sydney doubles title in their first tournament together.
However, it wasn’t just professional tennis players that were the winners of the tournament. Rudi Sevcik and Sue Jonusys won the Apia International competition for correctly guessing the number of tennis balls within a Perspex tennis racquet. Rudi was lucky enough to toss the coin prior to the men’s double final and Sue won a merchandise pack signed by Tomic, Del Potro and Petra Kvitova.
We can only hope that 2015 will be as thrilling, exciting and spectacular as this year’s tournament has been.