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Australian hard-court tournaments set to merge in '09

Updated: July 7, 2006, 8:49 AM ET
Reuters

SYDNEY, Australia -- Two of Australia's oldest tournaments will merge into one in 2009 as part of a proposal to streamline the lead-up schedule to the Australian Open.

The Australian men's and women's hard-court championships, which have been held respectively at Adelaide and the Gold Coast, will be combined in one event at Brisbane.

The tournament will be held at a state-of-the-art tennis center yet to be constructed and played on the same Rebound Ace surface used for the Australian ...

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