Brisbane International gets Stosur
US OPEN champion Sam Stosur has confirmed she will headline her hometown tournament - the Brisbane International - as a kick-start to her 2012 season.
Enjoying a post-US Open break on the Gold Coast, the world no.7 said she was looking forward to starting her Australian campaign in Queensland.
"It is a very exciting time for me and it is great to be able to come home and share what has been a huge achievement with my family and friends in Queensland," Stosur said.
"I don't get the chance to get home often so to have this time is very special.
"(The Brisbane International) is my home State and home tournament and I can't think of a better way to kick off the tennis year.
"Hopefully I can bring my best US Open form to the event and be in with a chance to win my first Brisbane International title in 2012."
Brisbane International Tournament Director Cameron Pearson said Stosur's dedication to the Brisbane International was a massive boon for the event.
"We are thrilled that Sam has committed to playing the Brisbane International again," Pearson said.
"As the hometown girl and Australia's No.1 ranked player, Sam's commitment is yet another endorsement of the event, which just gets bigger and better each year.
"Australians were in awe of Sam's performance at the US Open last week and we know the people of Queensland will get right behind our latest grand slam champion in January.
"Winning a Grand Slam is not easy. We are thrilled that the first two girls to confirm their attendance at the Brisbane International - Sam and Maria Sharapova - are both Grand Slam champions".
Premier Anna Bligh said the US Open champion would ignite a strong passion amongst Queensland tennis fans.
"Today's confirmation that Sam Stosur will be coming to play at Queensland's premier tennis event off the back of her US Grand Slam victory is fantastic news for local fans who will get the chance to see their home grown sporting hero in action," Premier Bligh said.
Stosur is the first Australian woman to win a grand slam since Evonne Goolagong Crawley in 1980 and the first to make it to a singles final at Roland Garros since Wendy Turbull in 1979.
Stosur will be joined by Maria Sharapova and Bernard Tomic who have already been announced for the 2012 Brisbane International.