Three-time Grand Slam Champion Stan Wawrinka will make his way to Queensland early next year after signing on to play in the Brisbane International.
The announcement comes just weeks after Wawrinka won his third Grand Slam, climbing back to his highest ever ranking behind Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
“I’m excited to be heading to the Brisbane International for the first time in my career. I’ve heard such great things about the event and the beautiful city of Brisbane, and it feels like the right time to change-up the start of my season,” Wawrinka said.
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“Brisbane is certainly one of the best events on the tour, always attracting the top players.”
For many years Wawrinka played in the shadow of his legendary compatriot Roger Federer.
However with the 31-year-old now reaching career best form, superseding Federer in the rankings, his intentions are firmly set on becoming world No.1.
Fellow superstars Rafael Nadal, Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza have already announced they’ll be joining the line-up.
“It’s really exciting to have Stan, the current world No.3 coming to Brisbane for the first time to compete in the Brisbane International,” said Tournament Director Geoff Quinlan.
“It’s a real coup for us to have the three-time Grand Slam singles champion start his 2017 campaign right here in Brisbane.
“The Brisbane International has welcomed some of the biggest names in tennis over its nine year history and the 2017 line up is no exception with the addition of one of the hottest players on tour right now, Stan Wawrinka. I know the fans will come out to see Stan, his exciting brand of tennis and arguably the best single-handed backhand on the tour.”
The Brisbane International will be held at Queensland Tennis Centre from 1 to 8 January.