(December 3, 2015) Australian No. 1 Bernard Tomic and 2014 Wimbledon semifinalist Grigor Dimitrovwill join two of the ATP’s biggest rising stars and five of the world’s top 10 women for Apia International Sydney from 10-16 January 2016.
A career-best year on tour which has seen Tomic finish 2015 as the top ranked Australian player has also secured him the event’s top seed, which will make the former champion and Sydney favourite the player to beat. He leads a trio of next generation stars in the men’s field, with 22-year-old world No. 20 Dominic Thiem and 2014 ATP Star of Tomorrow Borna Coric the future stars heading to Sydney.
In the women’s draw, world No. 2 Simona Halep is joined by No. 5 and 2013 champion Agnieszka Radwanska, defending champion and world No. 6 Petra Kvitova , No. 9 Lucie Safarova and No. 10 Angelique Kerber . Grand Slam champions Sam Stosur and Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) will also hit the court in Sydney, while world No. 14 and one of only three women to beat Serena Williams in 2015, Belinda Bencic , will look to continue her fine form in the Harbour City. With a main draw cut-off of 32, it is one of the strongest women’s fields on the WTA Tour.
Tomic had his best year on tour in 2015, starting the year with a quarterfinal appearance in Sydney before advancing to the fourth round at the Australian Open, defending his title in Bogota and making the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters and Indian Wells, going down to world No. 1 Novak Djokovic in both instances.
A champion in Sydney in 2013 and runner-up in 2014, Tomic said Sydney had quickly become one of his favourite stops on tour.
“Sydney is definitely one of my favourite tournaments of the year. It was where I won my first title and I always seem to play my best tennis there,” said the 23-year-old.
“The crowd is always fantastic and Ken Rosewall Arena has started to feel a bit like home court advantage for me now. I’m really looking forward to coming back in January and hopefully I can once again play some great tennis as I prepare for the Australian Open.”
Dimitrov will play in Sydney for the first time since 2013. The current world No. 28 is looking to return to top form after a standout 2014 led him to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, semifinals of Wimbledon and fourth round of the US Open.
“I haven’t played in Sydney for a few years so I can’t wait to get back there,” said the 24-year-old.
“It’s always a very tough week with no easy matches, you’re playing some great players from the first round so it’s important to be focused and ready from the first match. I’ve been working hard over the off-season and I’m hoping a good tournament in Sydney will help me get back to my best tennis and kick start a great 2016 season.”
In only his second full year on tour, 19-year-old Coric defeated then world No. 3 Andy Murray to reach the semifinals in Dubai, while also making the semis in Nice and reaching the third round of the French Open.
“I’m really excited to be playing at the Apia International Sydney for the first time,” said Coric. “It always has a really competitive field so I’m hoping to play well there and get the best preparation for the Australian Open.
“I had a good year in 2015 and will take a lot of motivation into next season. I’m looking forward to coming to Sydney and getting my year off to the best start.”
adwanska, Dominic Thiem and Borna Coric it makes for an incredibly exciting and talented field.
“With live music, an increased entertainment schedule and the return of legends, this should be an absolute blockbuster week of tennis in Sydney.”
The official field for Apia International Sydney 2016 is:
Men – Includes world rankings
Bernard Tomic (AUS) – No. 18
Dominic Thiem (AUT) – No. 20
Viktor Troicki (SRB) – No. 22
Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – No. 28
Andreas Seppi (ITA) – No. 29
Jeremy Chardy (FRA) – No. 31
Leonardo Mayer (ARG) – No. 35
Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) – No. 36
Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) – No. 37
Gilles Muller (LUX) – No. 38
Julien Benneteau (FRA)** – No. 39
Janko Tipsarevic (SRB)** – No. 39
Pablo Cuevas (URU) – No. 40
Tommy Robredo (ESP) – No. 42
Martin Klizan (SVK) – No. 43
Borna Coric (CRO) – No. 44
Adrian Mannarino (FRA) – No. 47
Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS) – No. 50
Federico Delbonis (ARG) – No. 52
Women – Includes world rankings
Simona Halep (ROU) – No. 2
Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) – No. 5
Petra Kvitova (CZE)* – No. 6
Lucie Safarova (CZE) – No. 9
Angelique Kerber (GER) – No. 10
Karolina Pliskova (CZE) – No. 11
Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) – No. 12
Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) – No. 13
Belinda Bencic (SUI) – No. 14
Roberta Vinci (ITA) – No. 15
Madison Keys (USA) – No. 18
Elina Svitolina (UKR) – No. 19
Sara Errani (ITA) – No. 20
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) – No. 21
Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – No. 23
Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)* – No. 25
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) – No. 26
Sam Stosur (AUS)* – No. 27
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – No. 28
Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) – No. 29
Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU) – No. 31
Sabine Lisicki (GER) – No. 32
* Grand Slam champion
** Protected Ranking
Wildcards and qualifiers TBC
All rankings as at 1 December 2015