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Brisbane will welcome Roger Federer for the first time as he starts his preparation for the Australian Open.
Australia's Sunshine State will play host to a joint event with the WTA and for many is an ideal starting point for that all important preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. This year they have a massive boost with Federer being an early confirmation.
“I’ve always hoped that I could come there [to Brisbane] … so I am happy we are all able to make it work … I’m not just coming there [to Australia] for the Australian Open, especially when I commit so early in advance, it’s also to win in Brisbane,” he said.
Aussie favourite Lleyton Hewitt is also looking to commence his season in Brisbane along with Japan’s Kei Nishikori. At the opposite end of the scale, promising Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios is given a wildcard. The 18-year-old Australian Open junior champion went through qualifying last year.
“It’s a great honour to be able to play in a tournament like Brisbane and get some good matches under my belt in the lead up to the Australian Open,” said Kyrgios, a former world No.1 junior.
As one of three ATP 250 tournaments to start the year, 2014 will see the sixth edition of the Brisbane event and can expect a high class field as players look to prepare for the Australian Open, which starts two weeks later.
The 2014 Brisbane International runs from 29th December 2013 to 5th January 2014.
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