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