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Hewitt and Kyrgios to take on Dimitrov and Zverev at FAST4 Showdown in Sydney

Australia’s Davis Cup Captain Lleyton Hewitt (SA) will team with Nick Kyrgios (ACT) to take on Grigor Dimitrov (BLR) and Alexander Zverev (GER), in the 2018 instalment of the FAST4 Showdown, when the innovative event returns to Sydney for the fourth consecutive year on Monday night.

The FAST4 Showdown, which has attracted sell-out crowds each year, will be held for the first time at Ken Rosewall Arena at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on Monday 8 January 2018 during the Sydney International.

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Australian Open wildcards for Alexei Popyrin and Jason Kubler

Alexei Popyrin (NSW) and Jason Kubler (Qld) have been awarded the final two main draw wildcards into the Australian Open. Popyrin, 18, is one of Australia’s brightest tennis prospects, coming to the world’s attention after winning the junior title at Roland Garros in 2017.

The Sydneysider also won his first ITF tournament in Poland in July last year and today defeated the No.2 seed, Federico Delbonis, in qualifying for the Sydney International.

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Andy Murray withdraws from Brisbane International

World No.16 Andy Murray has been forced to withdraw from the 2018 Brisbane International presented by Suncorp due to pain in his right hip. Murray has withdrawn from the tournament, but will stay in Brisbane as he works towards returning to the tennis circuit.

“I’m very disappointed to be withdrawing from the Brisbane International,” said Murray. “I came here with every intention of making a strong start to the year, but sadly my team and I don’t feel that I’m where I need to be just yet to compete at the highest level. I have great memories of playing here in Brisbane and I have always enjoyed competing in front of the Queensland fans, so look forward to returning in the near future.”

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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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