6 December 2019 | Melbourne

The Australian Open 2020 Play-off will begin next week, with the nation’s top emerging players competing to earn a prized Australian Open 2020 wildcard into the first Grand Slam of the year.

The tournament, part of the December Showdown presented by Kia, will run from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 December and feature 16 men and 16 women.

World No.128 Maddison Inglis (WA) will lead the women’s field, with South Australia’s Alex Bolt [160] leading the men’s field. The full field for both draws are available below.

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.

An Australian Open women’s doubles wildcard is also up for grabs, with competition running from Monday 9 to Friday 13 December.

“The AO Play-off is a great opportunity for our players who don’t have direct entry into the Australian Open to compete and earn their place in the main draw,” Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said.

“Winning this event, and going on to play at the Australian Open, really sets a player up for a successful year, both in terms of prize money and confidence. Some of our recent past winners include current stars Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur, and I know all the players will hope to emulate their success.

“So many of our emerging players have achieved terrific results on the Pro Tour this year, and I’m looking forward to seeing them in action here at Melbourne Park at what is the beginning of our summer of tennis.”

Tennis Australia this year teamed up with Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) to give players from around Australia the chance to play their way into the main draw of the Australian Open with the all new Australian Open 2020 UTR Wildcard Play-off.

“I’m delighted we’re including players who’ve activated their Universal Tennis Ranking (UTR) to compete for a spot in the Australian Open Wildcard Play-off,” Tiley said.

Today four players from the New South Wales UTR tournament, and theQueensland UTR tournament competed in the first round of the UTR Finals at Melbourne Park Universal Tennis Ratings.

The two winners will then play against two players who have been awarded wildcards by the Tennis Australia National Selectors tomorrow. The male and female winner of these matches will earn a place in Monday’s AO 2020 Play-off.

For more information on UTR visit myutr.com.

The Australian Open 2020 Play-off draw will take place at Tennis HQ from 1.00 pm on Sunday 8 December.

Australian Open 2020 Play-off field

Men’s Women’s
Name Ranking Name Ranking
Alex Bolt (SA) 160 Maddison Inglis (WA) 128
Andrew Harris (Vic) 162 Lizette Cabrera (Qld) 130
Max Purcell (NSW) 222 Destanee Aiava (Vic) 204
Blake Mott (NSW) 253 [PR] Arina Rodionova (Vic) 205
Aleksander Vukic (NSW) 274 Ellen Perez (NSW) 244
Harry Bourchier (Tas) 292 Jaimee Fourlis (Vic) 253
John-Patrick Smith (Qld) 312 Belinda Woolcock (Vic) 292
Luke Saville (SA) 326 Abbie Myers (NSW) 328
Maverick Banes (Qld) 361 Storm Sanders (WA) 329
Dayne Kelly (Vic) 368 Alison Bai (ACT) 453
Jacob Grills (Vic) 451 Olivia Tjandramulia (Qld) 425
Thomas Fancutt (Qld) 527 Wildcard
[WC] Rinky Hijikata (NSW) 744 Wildcard
[WC] Tristan Schoolkate (WA)  867 [WC] 18/u Aust. Championships Singles Winner
UTR Wildcard Playoff UTR Wildcard Playoff
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The Australian Open 2020 Play-off will be livestreamed via tennis.com.au and Channel Nine’s on demand channel 9Now will stream the finals.

For all December Showdown presented by Kia news, draws and order of play please visit here.


Live scores will be available via the Scorebuzzer website here: tennisau.scorebuzzer.com