APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
Sydney, Australia; Surface: hard
Men’s Seeds: Bernard Tomic, Dominic Thiem, Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov, Andreas Seppi, Jeremy Chardy, Leonardo Mayer, Alexandr Dolgopolov
Men’s Floaters: Martin Klizan, Tommy Robredo, Borna Coric, Gilles Muller
Men’s Notes: A bust draw for the men with no Top 10ers and only two in the Top 20 among the seeds…Some early testers for the seeds with (1) Tomic after a bye vs. the riser Klizan, (3) Troicki after a bye vs. the veteran Robredo, and (2) Thiem after a bye vs. the Coric-Muller winner…The wildcards were all-Aussie in James Duckworth, John Millman and Jordan Thompson…Pulling from the tournament was the injured Janko Tipsarevic…Bob and Mike Bryan are the No. 2 seeds in doubles behind Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau…Did You Know: In the 1800s the Sydney tournament was used to pick the Aussie Davis Cup team…Troicki beat Mikhail Kukushkin in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Troicki (2015) and Tomic (2013).
Women’s Seeds: Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber, Karolina Pliskova, Timea Bacsinszky, Carla Suarez Navarro, Belinda Bencic
Women’s Floaters: Ana Ivanovic, Sabine Lisicki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, CoCo Vandeweghe, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Roberta Vinci
Women’s Notes: Four Top 10ers among the seeds…Tough starts for (5) Pliskova vs. Ivanovic, (3) Kvitova vs. Lisicki, and (2) Radwanska after a bye vs. the Stosur-Vinci winner…Wildcards were awarded to Ivanovic, Aussie Tammi Patterson and Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova…Pulling from the event were Madison Keys, Irina-Camelia Begu and Lucie Safarova…Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza are the top seeds in doubles (have won 26 matches in a row, longest streak in 22 years)…Kvitova edged Pliskova in last year’s final in two tiebreaks…Former champs in the field are Kvitova (2015), Pironkova (2014), and Radwanska (2013).
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