Late December 2017 and early January 2018 showcases tennis action at its best during the Brisbane International.
Top pros will be in Queensland to tune up for the Australian Open in Melbourne a fortnight after the Brisbane International.
This time around, Rafael Nadal will be in Brisbane to sharpen his game as he looks to take the first Slam of the year away from reigning champion Roger Federer.
As major sports events go, the Brisbane International is a great value. For someone who wants to see multiple matches during the early rounds, a ground pass can be purchased for $21. The action will be day and night during the first days of 2018, which would make for an excellent way to ring in the New Year.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the tournament. Andy Murray is scheduled to be in the field as he tries to shake the rust of his layoff from his hip problems.
Defending champions from the women and men’s side, Karolina Pliskova and Grigor Dimitrov have also committed to defend their crowns.
Kei Nishikori will be back and the men’s seeding contains eight of the world’s top 26-ranked players.
The women’s side is also star-studded. The eight women in the seeds are all top-16 in the world or above.
Tow Aussie men, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Jordan Thompson are the current doubles champs and the Queensland Tennis Centre in Tennyson will greet them with enthusiasm as they show the Aussie colours.
Nick Kyrgios will be on hand. Some may recall that he pulled out of the tournament last year based on his conviction that he would be chosen to play on the celebrity all-star squad at the NBA’s All-Star game weekend. Unfortunately, that plan did not play out for him and everyone would have to admit that while Kyrgios does have some level of competence in basketball, it is his tennis skills that pay his bills.