Stars join Bris­bane field

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

DE­FEND­ING cham­pion Mi­los Raonic and world num­ber four Kei Nishikori will use the Bris­bane In­ter­na­tional as a warm-up event for the Aus­tralian Open in Jan­uary, or­gan­is­ers said yes­ter­day, round­ing out a strong men’s field.

The pair join Swiss world num­ber three Stan Wawrinka and 14-time Grand Slam win­ner Rafael Nadal at the event from Jan­uary 1-8, along with 10th ranked Do­minic Thiem.

The big-serv­ing Cana­dian Raonic stunned Roger Fed­erer to win the Bris­bane tour­na­ment last year and is keen to de­fend his ti­tle.

“I’ve made the pre­vi­ous two fi­nals, and the chal­lenge for me is to make it three in a row against a quality field of play­ers all look­ing to start the sea­son well,” said the world num­ber six.

“Play­ing Bris­bane is the best way to build mo­men­tum head­ing into the first Grand Slam of the year, the Aus­tralian Open.”

The top women’s player An­gelique Ker­ber will also play the year-open­ing tour­na­ment, with French Open cham­pion Gar­bine Mugu­ruza also con­firmed in the WTA draw. –

Photo: AFP

Mi­los Raonic of Canada has de­cided to re­turn to Bris­bane and de­fend his ti­tle.

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