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THREE PLAY­ERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON AT THIS MONTH’S AUSSIE OPEN.

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HOME FAVOURITES Nick Kyr­gios is one of those play­ers who will drive you crazy – one day he’s ex­cep­tional, the next he’ll look like he’d rather be any­where but on a ten­nis court. Who knows which Kyr­gios will show up this time; ei­ther way, he’ll be worth a watch. Alex de Min­aur had a huge 2018, re­plac­ing Kyr­gios as Aus­tralia’s No.1 male ten­nis player, and sec­ond youngest player in the top 100. Split­ting his time be­tween Spain and Aus­tralia, he’ll be well-placed to deal with the sear­ing Mel­bourne sun that is of­ten too hot to han­dle for the Tour’s younger play­ers. OUT­SIDE BET Dom­inc Thiem is right up there with Alexan­der Zverev as a po­ten­tial to lead the younger-gen­er­a­tion’s charge in Mel­bourne. The hard-hit­ting 25-year-old reached his first Grand Slam fi­nal in 2018 and will be push­ing to go one bet­ter this year.

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