[singlepic id=393 w=320 h=240 float=left]¬†Residents in the Far North’s southern suburbs will get to sample a taste of the Brisbane International with the tournament trophy touring Queensland in the lead-up to the competition.

State Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt said the silverware will visit the Gordonvale and District Tennis Association in Norman Park today allowing locals to get an up close view of the trophy.

“For those who can’t make it to Brisbane in January, this is the next best thing,” Mr Pitt said.

“It’s not every day that the Brisbane International trophy comes to town, and no doubt, local residents will be making the most of the opportunity.

“The Far North boasts a proud and ever-growing tennis community who are always glued to their TVs when a Grand Slam is on.

“The Brisbane International has become one of the highlights on the sporting calendar, and for locals, seeing the trophy in person is the icing on the cake.”

Mr Pitt said the 2012 Brisbane International is shaping up to be another smashing success with the likes of Serena Williams, Kim Clijsters and Ana Ivanovic joining Sam Stosur and Bernard Tomic in the exciting line-up.

“Having a stellar line-up on court in 2012, just one year after the floods, sends out the message loud and clear that Queensland is open for business both on and off the court,” he said.

“The Bligh Government, through Events Queensland, supports events like these because they’re good for jobs, good for tourism and great for the local economy.

“This support for great tournaments and sporting matches reinforces Queensland’s reputation as the champions’ State and the events’ State as well.

“I encourage the community to make the most of the opportunity and come to Gordonvale and District Tennis Association to get a taste of the Brisbane International.”