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Strong field set for Sydney International 2018

Three of the world’s top 10 women – and 20 of the top 30 – will compete at Sydney International 2018.

Among them is Daria Gavrilova (Vic), the exciting Aussie who joins a strong local contingent also featuring Sam Stosur (Qld), Ashleigh Barty (Qld) and Jordan Thompson (NSW). Another is former world No.4 and Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova (SVK).

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Isner, Anderson and Querrey commit to play at River Oaks in 2018

A trio of Top 20 players will return to River Oaks Country Club for the Fayez Sarofim & Co. U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship April 7-15. Former champion John Isner will be joined by two-time finalist Sam Querrey and US Open finalist Kevin Anderson in the singles draw.

The announcement of these commitments comes days before single session and Champs Pass tickets go on sale. Those tickets will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, December 1. 

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Frank Dancevic named captain of the Canadian Davis Cup team

Tennis Canada announced on Thursday that Frank Dancevic has been named captain of the Canadian Davis Cup team, replacing Martin Laurendeau who has stepped down in order to dedicate his time to coaching Denis Shapovalov.

Dancevic made his Davis Cup debut as a player in 2002. Since then, he has posted a record of 18 wins and 22 loses in 26 appearances with the team. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario and current resident of La Prairie, Quebec, Dancevic played one of the best matches of his career in the 2013 World Group first round, defeating Spain’s Marcel Granollers, then ranked world No. 34, by a score of 6-1, 6-2, 6-2. It was that year that Canada reached the semifinals, the best result in the nation’s Davis Cup history.

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Ashleigh Barty awarded 2017 Newcombe Medal

Ashleigh Barty (Qld) has won her first Newcombe Medal tonight. Australia’s top-ranked tennis player was awarded tennis’ top honour by legend John Newcombe at the annual awards ceremony at Crown Palladium in Melbourne.

The win caps off a breakout 12 months for Barty where she finished the year ranked at No.17. Barty said she was honoured to win the prestigious award.

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Six Grand Slam champions in Sydney's women's field, Nishikori headlines men's field

The Sydney International will boast an extraordinary field when it welcomes a record number of Grand Slam champions to the tournament in 2018.

The 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, and two-time major winner Angelique Kerber, will join seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitová, reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the women’s draw. 

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Asia’s best prepare for Australian Open 2018 Wildcard Play-off

A line up of the best Asian tennis players will soon compete in Zhuhai, China, for a huge prize – the chance to play at the Australian Open.

The Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-Off field is taking shape, with 16 men and women competing for that very valuable wildcard, with the potential to kick off - or kick start - their tennis career.

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ITF to honour quad wheelchair world champions

The ITF announced today that the quad wheelchair tennis division is to be recognised in its annual list of ITF World Champions. The 2017 ITF World Champions will be announced in December, with the winners presented with their awards at the annual ITF World Champions Dinner held during Roland Garros in Paris on 5 June 2018.

The quad wheelchair world champion will join the men’s and women’s wheelchair world champions as recipients of this prestigious honour, which is awarded to the year-end No.1 ranked player in each division. The ITF also honours men’s and women’s singles and doubles world champions, alongside boys’ and girls’ junior world champions. 

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