Kia Motors New Zealand is delighted to announce that New Zealand has been named one of 16 countries to compete in the Kia Amateur Australian Open. Kia Motors, the principal sponsor of the Australian Open, will host the tournament on site during the second week of the Autstralian Open in Melbourne. The best amateurs from 16 different nations will be selected to compete with the only criteria being that they have never held an ATP or WTA ranking point. New Zealand's team will be the best performing amateur male and female player at the Kia Amateur Australian Open Spring Tournament to be hosted by Tennis Auckland. The winners will be flown to Melbourne Park during the second week of the Australian Open as guests of Kia Motors to compete against 15 other nations.

Todd McDonald, General Manager of Kia Motors New Zealand Limited believes "This fantastic event give's leading amateur players the opportunity to compete at, and experience, the thrill, and excitement of the Australian Open. We see this as strengthening our involvement with tennis in New Zealand, and supporting the endeavours of New Zealanders participating locally, and at a world-class international level. This links perfectly with Kia's major support of the ASB Classic and Heineken Open along with our tennis ambassador Marina Erakovic".

Each country will have two players, 1 male and 1 female who will compete in the Kia Amateur Australian Open, a compass draw tournament comprising of singles and mixed double matches. all competitors are competing in separate events, while countries points are evaluated as a team points score.

2010 Kia Amateur Australian Open 

Kia Motors would like to congratulate Andrew Allan and Brittany Teei for their superb efforts while competing for New Zealand at the Kia Amateur Australian Open in Melbourne. The pair took away the doubles final against the participating American team, with Andrew also contesting the singles final, sadly missing out against the American representative.