Aussies bound for Acapulco
Four Australians are in the draw at this week's combined ATP/WTA event in Acapulco, Mexico - and that number could increase.
Thanasi Kokkinakis and Matt Ebden will feature in the draw at this week’s ATP 500 event in Acapulco, Mexico.
Aussie women Daria Gavrilova and Arina Rodionova will join their compatriots in Acapulco at the concurrent WTA event.
And Olivia Rogowska could bolster the Australian contingent to five should she win through qualifying.
The Victorian beat Arantxa Parra Santonja in three sets in her first qualifying match and will play Swede Rebecca Peterson for a place in the main draw.
Gavrilova is seeded third but as a late entry received a wildcard into the draw, which is headed by reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens.
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Gavrilova takes on American Madison Brengle in her first-round match, while Rodionova will battle Ukrainian Kateryna Kozlova for a likely shot at No.7 seed and defending champion Lesia Tsurenko, also of Ukraine.
Kokkinakis opens against a qualifier and should he win that match is expected to face top seed Rafael Nadal, who kicks off his campaign against fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez.
Kokkinakis has a track record of strong results in Mexico; last year he reached his first ATP final in Los Cabos and last week he advanced to the semifinals of the Challenger event in Cuernavaca before withdrawing due to an ankle injury.
Ebden begins against defending champion and seventh seed Sam Querrey.
Meanwhile, at the new WTA 125K event at Indian Wells, Ajla Tomljanovic has drawn former top 10 star Andrea Petkovic in the first round.
The winner is expected to take on second seed Varvara Lepchenko, who opens against a qualifier.