Millman, Ebden top seeds in Canberra
Aussie stars John Millman and Matt Ebden head an impressive field at the 2015 Canberra Tennis International this week.
Top seed John Millman heads an impressive field at the 2015 Canberra Tennis International that also features Traralgon finalists Matt Ebden and Jordan Thompson plus an array of international talent.
Millman, ranked 74th, will open his campaign against qualifier Blake Mott while No.2 seed Ebden – buoyed from his Traralgon victory – faces up-and-coming teen Omar Jasika in an intriguing first round match-up.
Ebden will be looking to get past the young Victorian and cement a return to the world’s top 100, something that is distinctly possible if he goes deep into the draw this week.
“That’s my first goal,” Ebden said. “I just need to keep winning more matches and see how high I can finish (the year).”
Meanwhile, Traralgon runner-up Thompson, the third seed, will play former world No.39 Marinko Matosevic, who is on the comeback from an injury layoff and will be aiming to improve on his disappointing first-round loss last week in Traralgon.
Sitting at world No.164, Thompson is currently at a career-high ranking and has the opportunity to break further new ground in Canberra.
The winner of that match will move on to play Czech Robin Stanek or Kiwi Finn Tearney; both players have Australian Pro Tour titles under their belt this year and are in fine touch.
Whoever emerges from that group will potentially face Millman in a semifinal, should he come through a section that includes fifth seed Luke Saville.
Looking at the lower half, Ebden will draw confidence from his recent win over Matthew Barton, who looms as a dangerous second-round opponent.
Seventh seed Li Zhe of China also found himself in Ebden’s wake last week and he will be looking to overcome Brit Brydan Klein in a potential quarterfinal to give himself a chance to once again square off against the resurgent West Australian.
Other notable first round matches include recent Brisbane titlist Gavin Van Peperzeel against Andrew Whittington while Victorian wildcard Jacob Grills faces eighth seed Alex Bolt.
International names from the United States, China, Great Britain, New Zealand and the Czech Republic also populate the draw.