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Eugenie Bouchard to make Hobart International return

Canadian superstar and fan favourite Eugenie Bouchard has been awarded a wildcard into the Hobart International in 2018. The former world No.5 stormed into the Hobart International final in her 2016 debut and is looking forward to being part of the tournament’s 25th celebrations in January.

“I’m excited to be coming back to Hobart in 2018 and am really appreciative of the tournament for giving me a wildcard,” Bouchard said. “It will be great preparation for the Australian Open, hopefully I’ll get a lot of good court time just like I did when I made the final in 2016. Hobart is a beautiful city and the support I received in my last visit was amazing, so I’m looking forward to seeing all my Tasmanian fans again too.” 

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Fourlis wins Australian Open 2018 wildcard

Eighteen-year-old and world No.322 Jaimee Fourlis (Preston, Vic) has been awarded an Australian Open 2018 wildcard after winning the 18’s Girls’ Australian Championships today.

Fourlis won an epic three and a half hour battle against fellow Victorian, world No.153 Destanee Aiava, 6-7(4) 7-6(1) 7-5, at Melbourne Park today. 

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Nadal and Muguruza named 2017 ITF World Champions

The ITF announced today that Spanish duo Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza have been named the 2017 ITF World Champions. Nadal receives the honour for the third time, while it is the first year Muguruza has been recognised. This is the first time since Americans Pete Sampras and Lindsay Davenport in 1998 that the men’s and women’s ITF World Champions are from the same country.

In their first seasons together, Lukasz Kubot of Poland and Marcelo Melo of Brazil, and Chan Yun-Jan of Chinese Taipei and the recently-retired Martina Hingis of Switzerland are named Doubles World Champions. 

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Tour Level Player Development Program Announces Expansion To Florida

The global high performance tennis program that launched six months ago has announced its expansion to the state of Florida, with two former touring pros now available for on-court coaching for junior, collegiate and pro tennis players.

Southern California certified tennis mental coach and Tour Level Player Development Program (LLC) founder Mark Springett announced that former ATP Tour world No. 18 Vince Spadea will be available in Boca Raton, Fla., on select dates, and former UC-Berkeley All-American Zsuzsi Fodor, the newest member of the Tour Level Player Development team, will be teaching full-time in the Tampa area. 

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Kyrgios, Dimitrov and Zverev headline FAST4 Showdown in Sydney

Three of the world’s electrifying tennis talents, Nick Kyrgios, Grigor Dimitrov and Alexander Zverev will star in the next instalment of FAST4 Tennis with the innovative event returning to Sydney for the fourth consecutive year.

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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Nadal, Halep announced as Top seeds at Australian Open

The world’s top 100 men and 98 women are confirmed for Australian Open 2018. Reigning champion Serena Williams (USA) is anticipated to return after giving birth to her first child in September. She also has an eye on the record books as she begins her campaign for a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam singles and seventh Australian Open title.

New world No.1 Simona Halep (ROU) and sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal will be top seeds in Melbourne.

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Australian Open wildcards on the line at AO Play-off next week

Thirty-two of Australia’s top tennis stars will battle it out for direct entry to the first Grand Slam of the year at the Australian Open 2018 Play-off, which runs from Monday 11 to Sunday 17 December 2018.

In the men’s field promising 20-year-old and world No.145 Akira Santillan (Qld) is the top ranked player and will face strong competition from the likes of world No.192 Alex Bolt (SA), last year’s winner [277] Omar Jasika (Vic) and young gun [210] Alex de Minaur (NSW) who are all set for a big week at Melbourne Park.

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