Bolt, Rodionova head AO Play-off draws
The 16-player men's and women's draws for the Australian Open Play-off were finalised on Sunday, with Alex Bolt and Arina Rodionova heading the fields as the No.1 seeds.
Australia’s top emerging players will compete for a coveted Australian Open 2019 wildcard at the Australian Open Play-off, commencing tomorrow, Monday 10 December and running to Sunday 16 December.
A fixture on the tennis calendar, the AO Play-off has played an important part in the careers of many of the nation’s top players.
Alex de Minaur won the event last year when ranked outside the world’s top 200, and has finished 2018 as Australia’s top ranked male player. He’s just one of a host of former winners, including James Duckworth, Jordan Thompson, Daria Gavrilova, Casey Dellacqua, Jelena Dokic and Alicia Molik, who have used the play-off as a springboard to a successful start to their season.
Alex Bolt (SA) is top seed in the men’s draw and will take on wildcard Aleksandar Vukic (NSW) in the first round. Second seeded John-Patrick Smith (Qld) will meet Victorian Jeremy Beale in the first round.
In the women’s draw top seed Arina Rodionova (Vic) will meet Queensland wildcard Olivia Tjandramulia, with No.2 seed Ellen Perez (Vic) up against wildcard Alexandra Bozovic (NSW).
Rinky Hijitata (NSW) and Gabriella Da Silva-Fick (NSW) both won the 18/u Australian Championships at Melbourne Park yesterday and will be competing in the play-off.
Men’s singles action will take place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and women’s singles matches will be played on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The finals for both men’s and women’s singles will take place on Sunday 16 December.
There will also be a play-off for a women’s doubles main draw wildcard, with matches commencing tomorrow.
The Australian Open 2019 Play-off will be livestreamed on tennis.com.au from 10-16 December. Nine’s 9Now will stream the semifinals and finals.
Live scores will be available here.