Melbourne, 14 December 2010 | Tennis Australia
Peter Luczak will open the men’s draw on day two of the Australian Open Play-off at Melbourne Park tomorrow, with all the centre court action live streamed on http://live.tennis.com.au.
Luczak, ranked world No.137, will meet promising 16-year-old Luke Saville, a member of the AIS Pro Tour Program. Mid-year Saville was the highest professionally ranked 16-year-old in the world, before spending a few months on the sidelines with injury. He came back to the court in October, reaching the quarterfinals of the Grade A Osaka World Cup in Japan, and won the Grade 2 ITF in Thailand.
In the second match Jelena Dokic will meet the youngest player in the draw, talented 14-year-old Ashleigh Barty from Queensland.
Next up on centre-court is No.2 seed Marinko Matosevic (Vic) up against Michael Look (Qld). Look has slashed his ranking more than 1000 places since the beginning of the year, and is one of the in-form players to watch.
Davis Cup representative No.3 seed Carsten Ball will face New South Wales’ Adam Feeney in the last match of the day.
Also in action is top seed Alicia Molik (Vic) who will play No.7 seed Sophie Letcher, No.8 seed Sam Groth (Vic) against Dane Propoggia (NSW) and No.4 seed Matt Ebden (WA) who faces Wimbledon junior finalist Ben Mitchell (Qld).
This year the men’s event at the Play-off is a knockout tournament, while the women will compete in a round robin format before moving into a knockout phase from the semifinals. Friday is a rest day for the tournament and finals will take place on Sunday 19 December from 11am.
Centre court matches are being streamed live on the Tennis Australia website: http://live.tennis.com.au. Viewers can also send comments during matches using Facebook Connect or using the hashtag #aoplayoff on Twitter.
The Australian Open Play-off is the finale of this year’s December Showdown, the curtain-raiser for the tennis season in Australia. The event brings together the best players in each age group for a three-week carnival at Melbourne Park, home of the Australian Open.
Australian Open 2011, presented by Kia Motors in association with ANZ, Jacob’s Creek and Rolex, will take place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, from 17 to 30 January.
Tickets are now on sale and available from Ticketek via www.ticketek.com.au.
The great value $29 Australian Open ground pass gives fans access to all the outside courts and free entertainment on Grand Slam Oval™ and in Garden Square.
For more information about this year’s December Showdown, Optus Junior Tour, Australian Open 2011, Tennis Australia or the players, visit www.tennis.com.au.