Pre-Australian Open week: Who’s playing where, details about the events…

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With five separate events to be played at Melbourne Park at the same time, the week before the Australian Open is set to be an extravaganza of tennis. Here's who's playing in which event

The 2021 season is finally here, with events in Delray Beach, Abu Dhabi and Antalya well under way. The protocols in place for the rest of the pre-Australian Open tournaments mean that Tennis Australia has moved all its “warm-up” events in the week before the Australian Open to Melbourne Park itself.

Due to Covid-19 protocols and to ease travel issues, the Australian Open qualifying events will be played outside of Australia (the men in Doha, the women in Dubai) but here’s what’s happening and who’s playing where in the week of Jan 31-Feb 6:

ATP Cup

  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Format: Round-robin: 12 teams, four groups of three
  • Who: In all, 14 of the world’s top 15 are signed up, led by world No 1 Novak Djokovic and No 2 Rafael Nadal, who met in the final last year, when Djokovic edged out Nadal as Serbia won the inaugural edition of the event.

Rafael Nadal et Novak Djokovic, ATP Cup 2020

The complete field:

  • Serbia: Novak Djokovic, Dusan Lajovic, Filip Krajinovic, Nikola Cacic
  • Spain: Rafael Nadal, Roberto Bautista Agut, Marcel Granollers, Pablo Carreno Busta
  • Austria: Dominic Thiem, Dennis Novak, Philipp Oswald, Tristan-Samuel Weissborn
  • Russia: Daniil Medvedev, Andrey Rublev, Aslan Karatsev, Evgeny Donskoy
  • Greece: Stefanos Tsitsipas, Michail Pervolarakis, Markos Kalovelonis, Petros Tsitsipas
  • Germany: Alexander Zverev, Jan-Lennard Struff, Kevin Krawietz, Andreas Mies
  • Argentina: Diego Schwartzman, Guido Pella, Horacio Zeballos, Maximo Gonzalez
  • Italy: Matteo Berrettini, Fabio Fognini, Simone Bolelli, Andrea Vavassori
  • Japan: Kei Nishikori, Yoshihito Nishioka , Ben McLachlan, Toshihide Matsui
  • France: Gaël Monfils, Benoît Paire, Nicolas Mahut, Edouard Roger-Vasselin
  • Canada: Denis Shapovalov, Milos Raonic, Peter Polansky, Steven Diez
  • Australia: Alex de Minaur, John Millman, John Peers, Luke Saville

 Murray River Open (ATP 250)

  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Format: Singles (48 players), Doubles (12 pairs)
  • Who: Nick Kyrgios will be the star attraction, back in action for the first time since the ATP locked down in March of last year. Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Marin Cilic are also in the field.

Nick Kyrgios

The complete field:

  • Stan Wawrinka (18) (SUI)
  • Grigor Dimitrov (19) (BUL)
  • Félix Auger-Aliassime (21) (CAN)
  • Borna Coric (24) (CRO)
  • Casper Ruud (27) (NOR)
  • Taylor Fritz (29) (USA)
  • Ugo Humbert (31) (FRA)
  • Daniel Evans (32) (GBR)
  • Lorenzo Sonego (33) (ITA)
  • Adrian Mannarino (34) (FRA)
  • Marin Cillic (43) (CRO)
  • Albert Ramos-Viñolas (45) (ESP)
  • Nick Kyrigos (46) (AUS)
  • Richard Gasquet (47) (FRA)
  • Tommy Paul (52) (USA)
  • Alejandro Davidovic Fokina (53) (ESP)
  • Mackenzie McDonald (WC) (USA)

 Great Ocean Road Open (ATP 250)

  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Format: Singles (48 players), Doubles (12 pairs)
  • Who: David Goffin, Karen Khachanov and Kevin Anderson are the biggest names entered so far.

David Goffin, 2020 Montpellier

The complete field:

  • David Goffin (16) (BEL)
  • Karen Khackanov (20) (RUS)
  • Christian Garin (22) (CHI)
  • john Isner (25) (USA)
  • Hubert Hurkacz (35) (POL)
  • Jannik Sinner (36) (ITA)
  • Reily Opelka (39) (USA)
  • Nikoloz Basilashvili (40) (GEO)
  • Miomir Kecmanovic (42) (SRB)
  • Kyle Edmund (48) (GBR)
  • Alexander Bublik (49) (KAZ)
  • Tennys Sandgren (50) (USA)
  • Jordan Thompson (51) (AUS
  • Laslo Dere (55) (SRB
  • Sam Querrey (56) (USA)
  • Alijaz Bedene (58) (SLO)

 2 WTA 500 events (Gippsland Trophy and Yarra Valley Classic)

  • Venue: Melbourne Park
  • Format: Singles (128 players, split between two 64 draws), Doubles (32 pairs, split between two events)
  • Who: Led by world No 1 Ash Barty, who returns to the WTA Tour for the first time since last February, 49 of the world’s top 50 will be playing in the week before the Australian Open. The top 32-ranked players will be divided into two 64-player draws, with the rest of the players drawn randomly. Simona Halep, Serena Williams and defending champion Sofia Kenin will be among those looking to hit the ground running.

Ash Barty

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