World No.1 Ash Barty and US Open 2020 Men’s Champion Dominic Thiem will be the headlines in the unique new Sydney Classic.
The WTA 500 and ATP 250 tournaments will take place at the Sydney OIympic Park from January 9 to 15.
Nineteen of the 24 best women in the world, including Barty, newly crowned Newcombe medalist, Garbine Muguruza, world No.3, former world No.1s Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, 2020 Roland Garros champion Iga Swiatek and medalist Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist Belinda Bencic, helping to prepare for the Australian Open.
All eyes will also be on defending US Open champion Emma Raducanu and runner-up Leylah Fernandez, as well as 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin.
The women’s peloton has nine Grand Slam champions who together hold 14 singles titles.
On the men’s side, four of the top 20 in the world are competing.
Thiem will play in the ATP 250 tournament as well as Australia’s No.1 Alex de Minaur, winner in Sydney in 2019, alongside David Goffin and Kei Nishikori, both former top 10 players.
“Seeing 19 of the world’s 24 best women and four of the world’s 20 best men compete in the Sydney Tennis Classic the week before the Australian Open is fantastic news for Sydney tennis fans,” said Paul Daly, director. of the Sydney Tennis Classic tournament.
“We are also delighted to see Ash Barty and Alex de Minaur return to Sydney Olympic Park. They both played excellent tennis here and will have special memories of the site. It will be a special competition week.”
Barty won a fourth consecutive record Newcombe medal on Friday, sharing the prize with wheelchair magician Dylan Alcott, who won an all-time gold slam in 2021 with Australian Open singles titles, of the French Open, Wimbledon, the Olympic Games and the US Open.