14 December 2017 | Tennis SA

World No.65 Daniil Medvedev (RUS) is set to headline the City of Playford Tennis International men’s field which will also feature 20 players from inside the world’s top 200.

Medvedev reached a career high ranking seven times in 2017, peaking at world No.48 in July. In a breakthrough year, Medvedev earned his first Grand Slam win over then world No.3 Stan Wawrinka (SUI) on Centre Court at Wimbledon. Medvedev also reached the semifinals of the Next Gen ATP Finals for players aged 21-and-under in November, losing to eventual champion Hyeon Chung (KOR). Medvedev is a player on the rise and will be the one to watch when main draw play gets under way at the Playford City Tennis Centre.

Joining Medvedev and flying the local flag will be South Australia’s world No.190, Alex Bolt (Murray Bridge, SA).

Bolt’s excellent form in 2017 has seen him move inside the world’s top 200 for the first time since 2015 and to a career high doubles ranking of 86. Bolt has won one Challenger singles title and five Challenger doubles titles, including two with fellow South Australian, Bradley Mousley (Wynn Vale, SA) in 2017. Bolt has recorded some of his best results in front of a home crowd and they will no doubt be fully supportive when he makes his debut on the Playford courts.

The 24 direct acceptances will be joined by four wildcards and four qualifiers. Qualifying begins Saturday 30 December.

“We are obviously thrilled to have such a strong field of players planning on competing in the inaugural City of Playford Tennis International,” said Playford Mayor Glenn Docherty.

“In its first year and with a field of this calibre, the tournament is set to offer the local community with a fantastic opportunity to watch world class tennis right in their backyard,” Docherty added.

“For most players, the City of Playford Tennis International will form the final step in their preparation for Australian Open 2018 held in Melbourne from Monday 15 January,” said Tennis SA CEO Steven Baldas.

“The countdown to the event is on with the tournament team making their final preparations for the tournament starting on 30 December,” Baldas added.

City of Playford Tennis International
Player acceptance list as at 12 December 2017

ATP rank First name Last name Nation
65 Daniil Medvedev RUS
111 Bjorn Fratangelo USA
113 Thomaz Bellucci BRA
121 Henri Laaksonen SUI
122 Sergiy Stakhovsky UKR
131 Oscar Otte GER
132 Norbert Gombos SVK
137 Ricardas Berankis LTU
146 Uladzimir Ignatik BLR
152 Tommy Paul USA
160 Andrej Martin SVK
162 Felix Auger-Aliassime CAN
166 Yoshihito Nishioka JPN
173 Darian King BAR
176 Mackenzie McDonald USA
178 Arthur De Greef BEL
190 Alex Bolt AUS
194 Guido Andreozzi ARG
195 Brayden Schnur CAN
198 Kamil Majchrzak POL
201 Evan King USA
214 Lorenzo Sonego ITA
217 Pedja Krstin SRB
221 Yasutaka Uchiyama JPN

 Please note: list is subject to change