The WTA tour arrives in Tasmania for the 28th edition of the Hobart International 2023, a WTA 250 event that begins with the main draw play on January 9. A number of prominent players have already arrived in the capital city in preparation for the competition.
Sofia Kenin will head the field, which also includes top-seed Marie Bouzkova, Elise Mertens, Alize Cornet, and Magda Linette. Fans can expect a week of intense tennis action as players aim to have a few wins under their belts before the year’s first Grand Slam, the Australian Open.
On that topic, let’s go over all of the details about Hobart International.
How to watch free Hobart International 2023 live:
Viewers around the world can watch the action live on the following channels and here for free:
Live Broadcast: Hobart International 2023 Live (it’s free)
What is the Hobart International?
The Hobart International is a WTA 250 event held in Hobart, Tasmania, as part of the Australian Open series and one of the first tournaments of the tennis season. The tournament’s inaugural edition was held in 1994.
Elena Rybakina won the title at the last tournament in 2020, defeating Zhang Shuai in the final. Petra Kvitova, Elise Merterns, Garbine Muguruza, and Sofia Kenin are among the other former champions.
Hobart International 2023 Venue:
The Hobart International Tennis Center in Hobart, Tasmania, will host the tournament on hardcourt.
Hobart International 2023 Schedule:
The tournament qualifiers will begin on Sunday (January 8), with the main draw beginning on Monday, January 9. The final will be held on January 15th.
Hobart International 2023 Players
In the absence of defending champion Elena Rybakina, top seed Marie Bouzkova leads the competition at this year’s tournament. The Czech will begin her campaign against the powerful Jaqueline Cristian.
Sloane Stephens, Magda Linette, and Yulia Putinseva are among those standing in Bouzkova’s way. Ysaline Bonaventure, who recently reached the Auckland semifinals, has also made the top half of the draw.
The bottom half comprises past winners Sofia Kenin, Bernarda Pera, Anhelina Kalinina, and Tatjana Maria, as well as Elise Mertens and Alize Cornet.
Hobart International 2023 Prize Money Breakdown
The winner of the Hobart International will get $34,228 in prize money as well as 250 ranking points. The prize money and ranking points are stated below: