Jordan Thompson, making a rapid climb from his ATP ranking that started at the beginning of 2016 at 154, to its current level of number 79, is near to gaining a wild-card entry into the Brisbane International.
South African Kevin Anderson has pulled out of the January 1 – 8 tournament due to a hip injury and American Taylor Fritz has also withdrawn. Those two abandonments meant that world number 78 Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France is now into the 28-man main draw for the event at the Queensland Tennis Centre.
Should one more player withdraw, Taylor is the next man up. He is currently ranked number 3 in Australia.
With just over a fortnight until the event launches, only Bernard Tomic is a direct entry. Number 84 John Millman, being from Brisbane, could also get a wild-card entry for his home city tournament, but he, like Anderson, is dealing with hampering hip injuries.
Thompson has been on a hot run of late, winning four Challenger level titles in France, Vietnam, again in Vietnam in October, and finally in Traralgon, VIC.
He is showing indications of being able to deal with the spotlights of the big stage, playing in all four Grand Slam tournaments in 2016 and even winning a match at the French Open.