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Rafael Nadal to play Tie Break Tens in Melbourne

World No.1 Rafael Nadal has joined the field for an exciting new tennis event in the lead up to Australian Open 2018. Tie Break Tens, which is effectively a tournament in a night, will make its Australian debut at Margaret Court Arena (MCA) on Wednesday 10 January boasting a stunning field.

Nadal will join former world No.1 Novak Djokovic, three-time Slam winner and world No.9 Stan Wawrinka, Australia’s No.1 male Nick Kyrgios, former world No.1 and current Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt as the headline acts for the unique event in which a field of eight players compete in a knockout tournament for a $250,000 winner-take-all prize purse and the coveted Tie Break Tens trophy.

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Pat Cash and Mats Wilander celebrate 30 years since epic final

After their epic five set final at Melbourne Park 30 years ago, Mats Wilander and Pat Cash will return to the courts once again for the Australian Open Legends tournament.

In 1988, the tennis world sat up and took notice of the Australian Open at a brand new venue, then known as Flinders Park, and the final – which Wilander won 6-3, 6-7, 3-6, 6-1, 8-6 – is rated as one of the all-time Grand Slam classics.

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Christmas comes early for rising star Jaimee Fourlis

Rising Australian star Jaimee Fourlis (Vic) has received a main draw wildcard into Hobart International 2018. The 18-year-old from Melbourne is set to make her second main draw appearance in Hobart, having made her WTA debut at the event in 2017.

“It feels amazing, I’m really pumped to be going back to Hobart,” Fourlis said. “I played my first ever WTA tournament there last year, it was also my first time in Hobart and I loved every minute of it. I was over the moon when I found out, I had the biggest smile on my face when they called me to tell me I had gotten the main draw wildcard, I was very happy.”

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Teen sensation Alex De Minaur awarded Sydney International wildcard

Sydney’s Alex De Minaur has been awarded a wildcard into the Sydney International, joining Ash Barty (Qld), Daria Gavrilova (Vic) and fellow wildcard recipients Sam Stosur (Qld) and Jordan Thompson (NSW) in the main draw.

The rising Aussie star enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2017 that saw his ranking soar from world No.351 in January to a career-high of 182 in October. He reached his first ATP Challenger final in Spain in August and won his first professional title at the ITF Futures event in Portugal in July.

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Aiava and Tomljanovic awarded Brisbane wildcards

Rising star Destanee Aiava (Vic) and her in-form compatriot Ajla Tomljanovic (Qld) will compete in the main draw of the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp after being awarded wildcards. The pair will join fellow Australians Ash Barty (Qld) and Sam Stosur (Qld) at the tenth edition of the tournament, which gets underway at Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday 31 December.

Aiava was a breakthrough talent in Brisbane last year, qualifying for the main draw before registering her first WTA victory in the first round by beating fellow qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) in three sets. 

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Alex Bolt awarded Australian Open wildcard

South Australia’s Alex Bolt has been awarded a wildcard into Australian Open 2018, as excitement builds around the first Grand Slam of the year. Bolt was told the good news by Australian Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt.

“It’s the perfect Christmas present for me, a wildcard into the Australian Open,” Bolt said. “I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to Tennis Australia for the opportunity to play another Australian Open, it’s an amazing feeling to have a wildcard into the main draw. 

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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios to launch Tie Break Tens in Melbourne

Tie Break Tens, an exciting new tennis format, will debut in Australia on Wednesday 10 January, just days before Australian Open 2018.

Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios along with six other male players will battle it out at Margaret Court Arena (MCA) for $250,000 in prize money and the coveted Tie Break Tens trophy. 

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