2018 Australian Open Play-Offs:

2018 Australian Open Play-Offs:

The race for a wildcard for Australian Open starts from 10 to 16 December and 32 players will participate in the process (16 each male and female). In Mens the challenge will be led by South Australian Alex Bolt (ranked 159) and women's challenge will be led by Victorian Arina Rodionova (ranked 170).

This tournament can be a huge confidence booster for young and outside the top 100 ATP and WTA athletes as they not only can win the tournament but also play in a Grand Slam because only a few players gets chance to  win it once in their career and even fewer get a chance to play it, the same is the story of last years winner Alex de Minaur who started playing competitive tennis from January when he was ranked 200 and played extremely well by reaching 2nd round on his debut at Australian Open in 2017 and this year Minaur participated in all four Grand Slams with the best third round finish in Wimbledon and US Open, but this was not enough to describe his performance as he also appeared in 8 finals, all Challenger and Future events and winning each at Póvoa de Varzim Open at Portugal (Future event) and Nottingham Open at United Kingdom, (Challenger event) and almost defeating Alexander Zverev (ranked 5 at that time) during Australia's Davis Cup tie against Germany which Ausiss's lost 3-1 in the first round and after all this in 15th October ATP released latest list of rankings where Minaur was ranked 31 after starting at 200 in January and after nine months he broke into top 50, an amazing story isn't it.

Following the rise of players from wildcard tournaments led some of the former players to comment like Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt said. “This event is a terrific opportunity for our next tier of players to earn the opportunity to compete at Grand Slam level.” 
and he further added, “This is all an important part of life on the tour and they get a real taste of what it takes to compete at a Grand Slam. I’m looking forward to seeing all the guys in tough competition throughout the week.”

Here, are the confirmed players for Australian Open 2019 Play-off field:

[170] Arina Rodionova (Vic)
[184] Ellen Perez (Vic)
[205] Jaimee Fourlis (Vic)
[223] Zoe Hives (Vic)
[232] Astra Sharma (WA)
[238] Lizette Cabrera (Qld)
[250] Destanee Aiava (Vic)
[288] Kimberly Birrell (Qld)
[290] Abbie Myers (NSW)
[313] Naiktha Bains (Qld)
[318] Isabelle Wallace (Vic)
[359] Kaylah McPhee (Qld)
[383] Alexandra Bozovic (NSW)
[385] Maddison Inglis (WA)

[159] Alex Bolt (SA)
[200] John-Patrick Smith (Qld)
[245] James Duckworth (NSW)
[265] Maverick Banes (Qld)
[289] Max Purcell (NSW)
[334] Akira Santillan (Qld)
[421] Andrew Harris (Vic)
[427] Dayne Kelly (Vi)
[452] Jacob Grills (Vic)
[455] Bradley Mousley (SA)
[459] Blake Ellis (Qld)
[467] Jeremy Beale (Vic)
[470 PR] Christopher O'Connell (NSW)
[477] Luke Saville (SA)
[489] Aleksandar Vukic (NSW)
[1746] Rinky Hijikata (NSW)

This time there is major change in format as all the men's singles matches will be played in 5 sets. The tournament is a knockout tournament with the men’s singles best of five sets and the women’s singles best of three sets and men's singles will commencement a day earlier compared to women's singles as men's tournament will start on 10 December and women's tournament on 11 December. Entry is free for Spectators for all the matches including Semi-Final and Final.
The official draw for the tournament will take place on this Sunday 9 December at 1:00 am, GMT.

December 06, 2018 in Tennis

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