Five Aussies set to star in Canada
Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur are seeded at the Rogers Cup events in Canada and are joined in the draws by John Millman and Daria Gavrilova.
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic head the Aussie charge at the ATP Rogers Cup in Toronto, with both Aussies seeded in the top 16.
Sam Stosur is seeded 13th at the concurrent women’s event in Montreal and opens against Brit Heather Watson.
Stosur finds herself in a relatively open quarter of the draw; she is projected to meet seventh seed Roberta Vinci in the third round and to get there would have to get past one of two tricky unseeded foes in Daria Kasatkina or Misaki Doi.
Also in the Montreal draw is Daria Gavrilova, who faces Germany’s Annika Beck for a shot at fifth seed Simona Halep in round two.
This will be Gavrilova’s first tournament since falling in the second round at Wimbledon.
Stosur and Gavrilova have teamed up in doubles as a wildcard pairing.
Kyrgios, the No.11 seed, has drawn in the first round reigning Wimbledon junior champion and local Denis Shapovalov and could face Grigor Dimitrov in what would be a highly-anticipated second-round showdown.
Should the seedings hold, the Australian would come up against No.8 seed Marin Cilic in the last 16.
Tomic is in the bottom half of the draw with Kyrgios and is seeded 12th.
The Queenslander begins against Colombian qualifier Alejandro Gonzalez; sixth seed Dominic Thiem lurks as a third-round opponent.
Millman comes up against American qualifier Jared Donaldson in his opening match.
Fellow Aussies James Duckworth, Sam Groth and Matt Barton fell in qualifying; Duckworth came within a whisker of the main draw before going down in a final-set tiebreak to Denis Novikov.
In doubles, Kyrgios will team with Jack Sock while Tomic partners Viktor Troicki. Another Aussie in the draw is John Peers, who is teaming with Finn Henri Kontinen and is seeded eighth.