Roger Federer and five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova will return to Queensland this summer to defend their Brisbane International titles.
The pair will be joined by fellow tennis superstars Kei Nishikori and Gold Coast local Samantha Stosur at the Brisbane International, set to get under way at Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday 3 January.
It’s Federer’s third consecutive year at the event.
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In 2014 he finished runner-up to local favourite Lleyton Hewitt before going one better in 2015, clinching his first Roy Emerson Trophy and 1000th match win in a three-set thriller against Milos Raonic.
The world No.2 said he was looking forward to returning to the scene of his 2015 triumph.
“I’m excited, especially after this year with the win and the 1000th match win, it was like a picture perfect moment,” Federer said.
“I’m coming back maybe with a little bit more pressure next year having to defend [the title], but I’ve played there two years now and it’s gone so well.”
Samantha Stosur is likely to be the hometown favourite in the women’s event.
“I’m really excited to return to Brisbane in 2016, it’s my home tournament and my home crowd and I’m looking forward to starting the year on a good note. It’s always an incredibly strong field and I’m sure this summer will be no different,” said the world No.22.
“I grew up not too far from Queensland Tennis Centre and have lots of great memories on these courts. The crowds in Brisbane have been unbelievable in the past couple of years and hopefully tennis fans are looking forward to another great event this summer.”