It’s a strong turnout this week on both the men’s and women’s side at the Brisbane International in Australia, where world No. 1 Angie Kerber and former No. 1 Rafael Nadal are among the headliners.
Here’s a look at the men’s and women’s fields:
Brisbane, Australia; surface: hard
Men’s Seeds: Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Rafael Nadal, Lucas Pouille, Grigor Dimitrov, David Ferrer
Men’s Floaters: Sam Querrey, Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov, Steve Johnson, Bernard Tomic, Gilles Simon
Men’s Notes: Five Top 10ers in the impressive field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Opening-round testers for (1) Raonic vs. Querrey, (5) Nadal vs. The Dog, (7) Dimitrov vs. Johnson, (8) Ferrer vs. Tomic, and (6) Pouille vs. Simon…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Sam Groth and Jordan Thompson, and Swede Elias Ymer…Raonic looking at a potential meeting with Nadal third round…Kevin Anderson withdrew from the event…Raonic beat defending champ Roger Federer in last year’s straight-set final…Raonic, who lost to Federer in the 2015 final, is the lone former champ in the field.
Women’s Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Dominika Cibulkova, Karolina Pliskova, Garbine Muguruza, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elina Svitolina, Elena Vesnina, Roberta Vinci
Women’s Floaters: Genie Bouchard, Monica Puig, Sam Stosur, Alize Cornet
Women’s Notes: Equally-strong women’s field with five of the Top 10…Tough starts for (6) Svitolina vs. the Olympic gold medalist Puig, (4) Muguruza vs. Stosur in a battle of Grand Slam winners, and (7) Vesnina vs. Cornet…Wildcards went to Aussie Ashleigh Barty and Croat Donna Vekic…Carla Suarez Navarro (shoulder) withdrew from the event…The No. 1 Kerber will start against either a qualifier of the wildcard Barty…Kerber lost in last year’s final to Victoria Azarenka, who is off the tour after recently having a child…The last four editions of the event have been won by current or former No. 1s…No former champs are in the field.
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