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Roger Federer feeding dolphins + more Brisbane International highlights

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Whether it’s Maria Sharapova cuddling a koala or Roger Federer feeding wild dolphins at Tangalooma, there’s a higher than usual chance of spotting the world’s best tennis stars around Queensland come January.

The Grand-Slam champs join a host of players from across the globe to battle it out at the Brisbane International at the start of every year.  And in 2016, the clash will happen from January 3 to 10.

In the past five years alone, the tournament has seen the likes of Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic and Serena Williams take to the court in Tennyson.

With a seating capacity of 5500, the Brisbane International offers an up-close-and-personal experience. Here’s what Maria Sharapova had to say after playing (and winning!) in 2015:

“Pat Rafter Arena is very unique, it’s very intimate. I feel like every fan gets a great perspective on the sport and the athletes and that’s very important when they’re in their seat, [that] they can see everything.”

Check out our favourite moments from the 2015 Brisbane International below:

Fitting in some sightseeing before hitting the court, Federer made new friends at Tangalooma.

Maria Sharapova at the Brisbane International 2015

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Maria Sharapova in full swing.

Pimms at the Brisbane International

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Tennis always calls for a refreshing Pimms.

gedart1 snapping the action at the Brisbane International

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Snapping the action.

Sharapova vs Kanepi match at the Brisbane International

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Sharapova vs Kanepi. Great game!

How close can you get?! Courtside at Brisbane International

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So close to the court!

Playing around at the Brisbane International

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Queensland’s brand new tennis stars.

Raonic vs Nishikori at Brisbane International

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First semi-final! Raonic vs Nishikori.

Roger Federer at the Brisbane International

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Up close with Federer.

Want to get along to a great event like the Brisbane International? Find out what’s coming up next in It’s Live In Queensland.

Have you been to the Brisbane International before? Tell us your highlights.