10 Feb 2021

ASB Classic boss eyeing other sport opportunities

From Checkpoint, 5:49 pm on 10 February 2021

The architect of the recent success of our biggest tennis tournament is eyeing other sports opportunities after announcing he's moving on from the ASB classic.

Karl Budge has been the tournament director for 9 years and is credited with attracting big international names including Venus and Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka.

Covid-19 caused the cancellation of this year's classic after Budge was unable to find a way through border closures and isolation and quarantine requirements and the uncertainty of lockdowns.

Lisa Owen asked him if he could have got the tournament across the line with more government support.