(June 23, 2018) Former World No.1 and two-time Australian Open Champion Victoria Azarenka and World No.5 Grigor Dimitrov have joined the list making up the field for The Boodles 2018.
Belarussian Azarenka triumphed in Melbourne in 2012 and 2013, twice finished runner-up at the US Open in the same years and made the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2013. The former World No.1 is on the comeback trail after giving birth to her first child, a son called Leo in 2016. Azarenka’s appearance at The Boodles marks the return of women’s matches to the event for the first time since 2002, 2003 and 2004 when Maria Sharapova played.
Grigor Dimitrov, won the 2017 ATP World Tour Finals and finished the year at a career-high ranking of No.3. A semifinalist at Wimbledon in 2014, beating Andy Murray en route, he certainly has a game suited to grass, and is a firm favourite at The Boodles after showing his fun side on previous visits.
The latest additions to the field take the tally to eight of the top 20 players in the ATP World Rankings.
World No.3 Alexander Zverev
World No.4 Juan Martin Del Potro
World No.5 Grigor Dimitrov
World No.8 Kevin Anderson
World No.12 Pablo Carreno Busta
World No.13 Sam Querrey
World No.15 Fabio Fognini
World No.16 Roberto Bautista Agut
World No.21 Nick Kyrgios
World No.35 Stefanos Tsitsipas
World No.39 Albert Ramos-Vinolas
Double Australian Open Champion – Viktoria Azarenka
(Further players will be added to this list, please follow @TheBoodles on Twitter for updates.)
With record temperatures forecast for the entire week 2018 is looking to be a vintage year at The Boodles.
Azarenka, Dimitrov, Anderson, Fognini and Tsitsipas are just some of the players who will feature on Day 1, Tuesday 26 June.