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Ashleigh Barty set for Brisbane International

Queensland’s own world No.23 Ashleigh Barty will play the Brisbane International in 2018. The tenth edition of the Brisbane event is one of the strongest yet, with world No.21 Nick Kyrgios also set to join world No.1 Rafael Nadal (ESP), world No.3 Andy Murray (GBR) and defending champions Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) and Karolina Pliskova (CZE) in next year’s field.

“I can’t wait to play the Brisbane International, one of my favourite tournaments right here at home in Queensland,” Barty said. 

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Alexander Zverev Qualifies For ATP World Tour Finals

Twenty-year-old Alexander Zverev is set to make his debut at the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held 12-19 November at The O2 in London. A winner of two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles this season, the German joins Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the 2017 field, leaving five places up for grabs with six weeks to go until the season-ending tournament.

“I think it's great for any player to qualify for a prestigious event that we have in London,” said Zverev, who attended the tournament in 2015 to receive his ATP Star of Tomorrow Award presented by Emirates. “It's really an award for, I think, every player that shows that you've been one of the best players, not only for one or two weeks in a year, but you've been one of the best players for the whole year. That's something special. That's an amazing achievement for me, and I think for all the other guys, as well.

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Federer to lead field at 2018 Hopman Cup

The Hopman Cup in 2018 will feature one of the strongest fields, including three top 10 players, as it shapes up to be one of the most exciting in the tournament’s 30-year history.

Nineteen-time Grand Slam champion and world No.2 Roger Federer and Belinda Bencic of Switzerland are back to play Western Australia’s most prestigious tennis competition from 30 December to 6 January at Perth Arena. 

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Australia’s top 12/u and 14/u Claycourt Champions crowned

The past week has seen Australia’s most promising 12/u and 14/u juniors battling it out in Canberra for the 2017 Australian Claycourt Championships.  The singles finals for the 12/u and 14/u boys and girls were played today at Canberra Tennis Centre, whilst the doubles champions we’re decided yesterday.

“Tennis ACT is honoured to have hosted the 12 and 14-and-under Claycourt Championships,” said Tennis ACT CEO Kim Kachel.

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Defending champions Grigor Dimitrov and Karolina Pliskova to return to Brisbane in 2018

Defending champions world No.8 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) and world No.4 Karolina Pliskova (CZE) will both return to defend their titles at the Brisbane International in 2018.

Pliskova, who reached world No.1 in July, credits her rise to the top of the rankings with her win in Brisbane, where she beat Alize Cornet (FRA) in the final 6-0 6-3.

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Vickery routs Loeb to win First Annual Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

Sachia Vickery needed just over one hour to beat fellow 22-year-old Jamie Loeb, 6-1, 6-2, and become the first-ever singles champion as the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open came to a close on Sunday.

Controlling the points and displaying precision shot-making from both the forehand and the two-handed backhand side, No. 4 seeded Vickery watched as a Loeb forehand sailed wide on the final point in the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event played at the Templeton Tennis Ranch. Vickery looked toward coaches Matt Evans and Chris Howard in jubilation before meeting the No. 8-seeded Loeb at the net. It was the third career USTA Pro Circuit title for Vickery and first at this level having previously won two $25,000-level events. 

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Americans Loeb and Vickery To Face Off In Final At Central Coast Pro Tennis Open

Jamie Loeb and Taylor Townsend left the best for last on Saturday in the first semifinal of the inaugural Central Coast Pro Tennis Open as the two young Americans battled it out for a spot in the finals on a picture-perfect day at the $60,000 USTA Women’s Pro Circuit event at the Templeton Tennis Ranch.

Loeb, who was 1-1 head-to-head against Townsend in 2017 heading into the match, captured the win in dramatic fashion as the 22-year-old former NCAA singles champion from the University of North Carolina outlasted the No. 5 seeded 21-year-old Townsend in a three-hour match, 6-4, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (8).

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