Hengqin International Tennis Center is an international standard tennis facility and the only world-class venue for tennis in Zhuhai and Hengqin.
It is the first Centre Court built in China to have a roof and still be recognized as an outdoor tennis court, protecting players and spectators from the elements.
Opened in September 2015, it took just 12 months to build and was designed by renowned architecture firm Populous, which also designed Wimbledon Centre Court and Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park.
The first stage includes a center court with 5,000 seats, a match court with seating for 1,500, four match courts with 250 seats each and 12 training courts.
Stage two of the project, which saw construction begin in late 2016, includes a 15,000 seat tennis arena, indoor training hall, athletes’ apartments, a tennis museum and additional match courts.
Hengqin International Tennis Centre is operated by Huafa Sports, part of Huafa Group, and is home to the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, Zhuhai Open, Australian Open Asia Pacific Wildcard Playoff, as well as a variety of amateur tennis challenge events every year.
The WTA Elite Trophy, held each November, is an end-of-season event featuring 12 of the world’s top female players including the 11 players ranked from 9th to 19th based on rankings at the time and one wildcard. The three winners since the event was first held in 2015 have been Venus Williams, Petra Kvitová and Julia Görges.
The Zhuhai Tennis Open, held each March, is part of the men’s ATP Challenger Tour and ITF Women’s Circuit. The women’s event has been held for the past four years and was won in 2018 by Maryna Zanevska of Belarus, while the men’s event began in 2016 and was won this year by Australian Alex Bolt.
The Australian Open Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off, first held in November 2017, provides players from the Asia-Pacific region with the opportunity to win a wildcard into the Australian Open. One wildcard each is given to the winners of the Australian Open Wildcard Playoff to gain direct entry into the Australia Open in January.
The center has been designed as a green park for the community, with a “raised forest” landscape to provide a lush environment for the everyday enjoyment of citizens and visitors during non-event days.
Hengqin International Tennis Center will be open for use by residents of Zhuhai, Hong Kong and Macau free of charge from 11 August to 31 December, Huafa Sports has revealed.
The Zijin Hengqin Lecture Series was held on 4 August at Xiangzhou Port in Hengqin, bringing a traditional Chinese cultural feast with the characteristics of the Forbidden City to attendees from Hengqin and neighbor cities.
Hengqin International Tennis Center hosted a special ceremony on 21 July to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the 2018 WTA Elite Trophy tournament.
The 2nd 21st Century Maritime Silk Road China (Guangdong) International Communication Forum dealt with a range of strategic issues including Guangdong Province’s brand image building and dissemination, scientific and technological innovation and construction of the Greater Bay Area.
The forum was coordinated by the GMTCM Park – the first project jointly developed in Hengqin by the governments of Macau and Zhuhai.
Zhuhai issued its first five-year mainland residence permit on 9 September 2018 to a Macau citizen living in the city. According to government information, 751 more eligible individuals from Macau, Hong Kong and Taiwan have now received permits.
From 19 to 21 September, the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road Forum on International Communication, China (Guangdong) will be held at Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition Centre in Hengqin New Area. It is the second edition of the annual event.