De Minaur, Kyrgios seeded at Indian Wells
Five Australian men feature in the ATP main draw at Indian Wells, where 31st seed Nick Kyrgios is projected to meet world No.1 Novak Djokovic in round three.
Five Australian men will embark on the main draw at Indian Wells after the draw ceremony was completed in California.
Alexei Popyrin and Alex Bolt could join them if they win their final-round qualifying matches against Lukas Rosol and Christopher Eubanks respectively.
Alex De Minaur is Australia’s highest seed at No.23, and receives an opening round bye; the 20-year-old could face either Jeremy Chardy or a qualifier in the second round, and is projected to meet 13th seed Milos Raonic in the last 32.
Nick Kyrgios is Australia’s other seed at No.31, with the Acapulco champion landing in the same segment of the draw as top seed Novak Djokovic.
Kyrgios and Djokovic could meet in the third round – Kyrgios won their most recent meeting at this very tournament two years ago – but first he must get past either Philipp Kohlschreiber or Pierre-Hugues Herbert in the second round after an opening-round bye.
Also landing in the top quarter of the draw with Kyrgios are fellow Australians Matt Ebden and Jordan Thompson.
Ebden opens against Ivo Karlovic for a shot at 11th seed Borna Coric in round two, while Jordan Thompson takes on Federico Delbonic in the first-round, with the winner to meet seventh seed Dominic Thiem.
John Millman is also in the draw; he plays Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in round one, with 26th seed Grigor Dimitrov awaiting the winner.
Five Australian women – Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic, Daria Gavrilova, Sam Stosur and Priscilla Hon – are in the main draw of the WTA event at Indian Wells.