SHE WAS THE SUPERSTAR OF THE 2014 TOURNAMENT, HAVING ENJOYED AN ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER SPANNING TWO DECADES, INCLUDING SEVEN GRAND SLAM TITLES AND FOUR OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALS. A SPECIAL AUCKLAND DEBUT WAS ONLY FITTING.

MEDIA, FANS + TOURNAMENT STAKEHOLDERS HAD THEIR FIRST OPPORTUNITY TO SEE VENUS WILLIAMS IN ACTION ON A COOL SATURDAY MORNING ON THE STEPS OF AUCKLAND MUSEUM.

PLAYING AN EXHIBITION MATCH AGAINST NEW ZEALAND NUMBER ONE, MARINA ERAKOVIC, HUNDREDS TURNED OUT TO SEE THEIR TENNIS IDOL IN THE FLESH FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. WITH GLOBAL COVERAGE + GLOWING FEEDBACK FROM ALL STAKEHOLDERS INVOLVED, IT WAS A HUGE HIGHLIGHT FOR THE TOURNAMENT + OUR TEAM.