The list of participants has been released for the upcoming edition of the Brisbane International and it is undoubtedly one of the strongest line-ups in recent years with Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray expected to lead the draw.
In the men’s side, World No. 2 and the reigning French Open champion Nadal will be in action. After a superb 2018 season which was highlighted by five singles titles – three Masters, one Grand Slam and one ATP 500 Series trophy, the Spaniard is all set to carry his momentum forward in the next season.
But more than this, fans will be eager to which the return of the Scot Andy Murray, who missed most of the action last year owing to a hip surgery and the subsequent recovery. He finished his season early to make sure that he is fit enough for the coming year.
The former World No. 1 won an impressive nine titles in 2016 before succumbing to injuries and incurring a loss of form in 2017. He will be joined by the defending champion Nick Kyrgios, along with the likes of Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Grigor Dimitrov, and the 19-year-old Alex De Minaur, who was the runner-up in the 2018 ATP Next Gen Final.
In the women’s half of the draw, defending champion and the World No. 4 Elina Svitolina will be heading to Brisbane to kick-start her season on a high note. Having won the WTA Finals, the Ukrainian will be hoping to play in the same vein, this time around too.
We will also see the World No. 7 and the current St. Petersburg Open champion Petra Kvitova in action. This star-studded line-up is amplified further with the presence of Karolina Pliskova, Jelena Ostapenko, Kiki Bertens, and Samantha Stosur.
In other news, the playing field for the tennis exhibition event Kooyong Classic has also been released. Set to be played from January 8-10, 2019, the event will feature Juan Martin Del Potro and Coco Vandeweghe.
The Argentinean withdrew from the year-end finals last season owing to an injury. Nonetheless, the World No. 5 had a stellar year, especially after his recovery from the injuries. This will be his first appearance in Kooyong since 2013 and will be hoping to use his time to prepare for the Australian Open.