Next year’s Brisbane International looks set to be quite the star-studded event, with more players set to come to Queensland for the tournament.
Defending champion Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori and Dominic Thiem round out five of the world’s top ten players to sign on for the January event.
The trio completes the strongest men’s field in the tournament’s history with Spanish ace Rafael Nadal and 2016 US Open champion Stan Wawrinka both heading to Brisbane for the first time this summer.
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For Raonic, returning to Brisbane for a fourth time is an easy decision.
“I can’t wait to return to Brisbane in January. I played some of my best tennis to beat Roger in the final last time, and enjoyed playing in front of such a great crowd who clearly love their tennis,” he said.
“I’ve made the previous two finals, and the challenge for me is to make it three in a row against a quality field of players all looking to start the season well.
“For me it’s so important to get off to a strong start at the beginning of the season. Playing Brisbane is the best way to build momentum heading into the first Grand Slam of the year, the Australian Open.”
Japanese superstar Nishikori is also returning to the tournament.
“The people are very nice, very warm and I always love to play on Pat Rafter Arena. It’s a great tournament and I love to come back,” Nishikori said.
While for Austria’s Dominic Thiem, the tournament is the perfect lead in to the Australian Open.
“It’s like a mini Australian Open, really nice summer feeling and all the people are happy,” Thiem said.
“The first tournament of the year is always special because you haven’t played a match for a month and a half. Last year I had a good start, I beat three very good players and had the honour of playing Roger Federer for the first time in my life, so that was a very special moment for me,” added the 23-year-old.
World No.1 Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza have also signed up on the women’s side of the draw.