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Sydney Tennis Classic Awards Wildcard for Nick Kyrgios

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 25: Nick Kyrgios of Team World plays a shot against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Team Europe during the fifth match during Day 2 of the 2021 Laver Cup at TD Garden on September 25, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images for Laver Cup)

Nick Kyrgios has been awarded a wildcard for the Sydney Tennis Classic.

Kyrgios will play in the new, one-off tournament at Sydney Olympic Park after playing in the Melbourne Summer Set.

Kyrgios said the Sydney Tennis Classic will be his final preparation before the Australian Open.

“I’ve been training at home in Canberra and here in Sydney and I feel good after an extended break from the game,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the final hit-out before the AO, thanks to Tennis Australia for the opportunity to play.”

Fellow Australians Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur will also compete in the Sydney Tennis Classic.

The WTA 500 and ATP 250 tournament will immediately follow the ATP Cup. Qualifying matches will be played on 9 January with the main draw to be played from 10 to 15 January.

Eighteen of the world’s top 24 women, including world No.3 Garbine Muguruza, former world No.1s Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, Roland Garros 2020 champion Iga Swiatek, Australian Open 2020 champion Sofia Kenin, reigning US Open women’s champion Emma Raducanu and finalist Leylah Fernandez, will all compete in the Harbour City the week before the Australian Open.

Fans can sit in the shade at Ken Rosewall Arena after its new canopy roof was introduced in late 2019.

Tickets to the Sydney Tennis Classic are on sale via australiansummeroftennis.com/Sydney.

Sydney Tennis Classic

WTA 500

Q: 9 Jan, MD: 10-15 Jan

Rank Player Country
1 Ashleigh Barty AUS
3 Garbine Muguruza ESP
5 Barbora Krejcikova CZE
6 Maria Sakkari GRE
7 Anett Kontaveit EST
8 Paula Badosa ESP
9 Iga Swiatek POL
10 Ons Jabeur TUN
11 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS
12 Sofia Kenin USA
14 Elena Rybakina  KAZ
16 Angelique Kerber GER
17 Petra Kvitova CZE
18 Jessica Pegula USA
19 Emma Raducanu GBR
20 Simona Halep ROU
21 Elise Mertens BEL
24 Leylah Fernandez CAN

ATP 250

Q: 9 Jan, MD: 10-15 Jan

Rank Player Country
17 Cristian Garin CHI
18 Aslan Karatsev RUS
19 Roberto Bautista Agut ESP
22 Nikoloz Basilashvili GEO
23 Taylor Fritz USA
25 Daniel Evans GBR
26 Reilly Opelka USA
27 Lorenzo Sonego ITA
33 Dusan Lajovic SRB
34 Alex de Minaur AUS
37 Fabio Fognini ITA
39 David Goffin BEL
42 Filip Krajinovic SRB
44 Federico Delbonis ARG
45 Albert Ramos-Vinolas ESP
47 Kei Nishikori JPN
48 Ilya Ivashka BLR
50 Alejandro Davidovich Fokina ESP