Sydney, 8 December 2010 | medibankinternational.com.au
The brightest stars of world tennis are headed to Sydney in January, with Medibank International Sydney tournament organisers confirming today that seven of the top 10 women will take part in the event.
The stunning line-up for the 9–15 January event includes four current or former World No.1s and four Grand Slam champions.
Leading the women’s field is world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who is returning to the event for the third consecutive year. She is joined by two-time Grand Slam finalist Vera Zvonareva (No.2), US Open champion Kim Clijsters (No.3) and Australia’s world No.6 Samantha Stosur.
Rounding out the top 10 is French Open champion Francesca Schiavone (No.7), Serbian Jelena Jankovic (No.8) and Victoria Azarenka (No.10).
Also confirmed in the women’s draw are former world No.1 Ana Ivanovic and 2008 Medibank International Sydney finalist and Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In the men’s draw, defending champion and fan favourite Marcos Baghdatis leads the way, along with 2009 US Open champion and former world No.4 Juan Martin Del Potro.
American world No.18 Sam Querrey is also confirmed, along with Serbian Davis Cup hero Viktor Troicki, 2009 Medibank International Sydney finalist Jarkko Nieminen and French former top 10 pair Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon.
Australian players including Bernard Tomic, Jelena Dokic, Carsten Ball and Anastasia Rodionova could also take part in the event as potential wildcard participants.
Medibank International Sydney Tournament Director Craig Watson said the event had produced another stunning line-up of players for 2011.
“We are delighted with our confirmed player lists for January, and in particular our women’s field, which features 13 of the world’s top 20,” Watson said.
“To have a field that includes the world No.1 in Caroline Wozniacki, two-time Medibank International Sydney champion Kim Clijsters and of course Sam Stosur is an exciting prospect.
“The men’s entry list is solid with a low cut-off of just 52 and when you add crowd favourites such as Marcos Baghdatis and Ana Ivanovic to the line-up, then I believe we will be all witness to some outstanding and very exciting tennis action in January.”
Watson also confirmed that Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, the 2009 US Open Champion, had been awarded a wildcard into the event after a long injury lay-off, before adding that the remaining men’s and women’s wildcards would go to Australians or marquee players.
“Our wildcard recipients will be announced over the coming weeks and whilst they are likely to go to Australians, there is always the opportunity to award a marquee player a wildcard should they be looking for some additional matches before the Australian Open,” Watson said.
Tickets to the Medibank International Sydney 2011 are on sale now through Ticketek and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au or 1300 888 104.
The Medibank International Sydney will be held at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre from Sunday 9 to Saturday 15 January 2011.
Official Medibank International Sydney line-up (women)
Caroline Wozniacki DEN No.1
Vera Zvonareva RUS No. 2
Kim Clijsters BEL No. 3
Samantha Stosur AUS No. 6
Francesca Schiavone ITA No. 7
Jelena Jankovic SRB No. 8
Victoria Azarenka BLR No. 10
Na Li CHN No. 11
Shahar Peer ISR No. 13
Nadia Petrova RUS No. 15
Ana Ivanovic SRB No. 17
Aravane Rezai FRA No. 19
Maria Kirilenko RUS No. 20
Kaia Kanepi EST No. 22
Yanina Wickmayer BEL No. 23
Flavia Pennetta ITA No. 24
Alisa Kleybanova RUS No. 25
Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS No. 27
Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez ESP No. 28
Alexandra Dulgheru ROU No. 29
Official Medibank International Sydney line-up (men)
Sam Querrey USA No. 18
Marcos Baghdatis CYP No. 20
Ernests Gulbis LAT No. 24
Richard Gasquet FRA No. 29
Viktor Troicki SRB No. 30
Feliciano Lopez ESP No. 32
Guillermo Garcia-Lopez ESP No. 33
Yen-Hsun Lu TPE No. 35
Florian Mayer GER No. 37
Jarkko Nieminen FIN No. 38
Juan Ignacio Chela ARG No. 39
Denis Istomin UZB No. 40
Gilles Simon FRA No. 42
Julien Benneteau FRA No. 44
Jeremy Chardy FRA No. 45
Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR No. 46
Potito Starace ITA No. 47
Alexandr Dolgopolov UKR No. 48
Andreas Seppi ITA No. 52
Juan Martin Del Potro WC