Brisbane International 2019: guide

Nine’s coverage of the Brisbane International begins on Monday, December 31 from the Queensland Tennis Centre.

James Bracey, Erin Molan and Tim Gilbert will host with commentary by Jelena Dokic, Sam Smith, Sam Groth, John Millman, Josh Eagle, Roger Rasheed, Peter Donegan, Louise Pleming and Geoff Masters.

Additional reporting will be provided by Alison Ariotti and Michael Atkinson.

The Brisbane International consists of a men’s, women’s and doubles draw and is widely regarded as the premier warm-up for the Australian Open. All matches are played as best of three sets.

Grand Slam champions Rafael Nadal (ESP), Andy Murray (GBR), Naomi Osaka (JPN), Sloane Stephens (USA), Petra Kvitova (CZE), and Sam Stosur (AUS) are among an all-star lineup starting their Australian summer in the Queensland capital.

Defending men’s champion Nick Kyrgios (AUS) returns alongside former Brisbane champions and finalists Grigor Dimitrov (BUL), Milos Raonic (CAN), Ryan Harrison (USA) and Kei Nishikori (JPN).

In the women’s draw, defending Brisbane champion Elina Svitolina (UKR), 2016 winner Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Kiki Bertens (NED) and Daria Kasatkina (RUS) round out the top 10 group bound for Brisbane.

Victoria’s Daria Gavrilova will support Sam Stosur to provide Australian resistance on home soil.

ATP Newcomer of the Year and joint Newcombe Medal winner, Alex de Minaur from New South Wales, is set to ignite Pat Rafter Arena again, 12 months after bursting onto the world stage at last year’s Brisbane International. As a wildcard, de Minaur defeated the then world No. 24, Milos Raonic, on his way to a first tour-level semi-final.

Crowd favourites John Millman from Queensland, Jordan Thompson from NSW and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will bolster the stellar men’s field.

8 Comments:

  1. Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t it supposed to be Brisbane International 2019 not 2018. I accept that Day 1 is in 2018, but the other days are 2019, so I believe that it should be 2019 and not 2018.

  2. I find it strange that the promotional blurb mentions nothing about Queensland’s highest ranked play Ash Barty. Erin Molan & Tim Gilbert hosting together. That should be interesting.

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