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ATP Sydney 2018 Live Stream: ATP Sydney International tennis live online

Live Tennis Staff in News 7 Jan 2018
  • The 2018 Apia International Sydney is live from 7-13 January
  • Spaniard, Albert Ramos-Vinolas is the highest-ranked player in the draw
  • Gilles Muller attempts to defend his title, while Pune champion, Gilles Simon looks to maintain his perfect start to the season
Gilles Simon. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Last week's Pune champion, Gilles Simon, world No. 23, Albert Ramos Vinolas, and defending champion Gilles Muller headline the 2018 Sydney International, played at Sydney’s Olympic Park Tennis Centre between 7-13 January.

ATP Sydney Tournament Schedule

Who is playing ATP Sydney in 2018?

Given it’s place on the schedule (one week before a Grand Slam), most of the very top players opt to bypass the Sydney International in favour of arriving in Melbourne early to adjust to the conditions and best prepare for the Australian Open, but nevertheless, the ATP 250 event in Sydney still manages to attract a strong field of quality top 50 players each season.

Leading the way in 2018 is former World No. 23, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who arrives in Sydney in search of some form ahead of the Australian Open. The Spaniard, who peaked at No. 17 in May last year, has won just one of his last six matches, and fell to Guido Pella in his season-opener in Doha last week. Unsurprisingly, Ramos-Vinolas had his best results on clay last season, reaching the final in Monte Carlo and the fourth round at Roland Garros, while he also made the quarter finals on the hard courts of Shanghai. However, his results were not consistent enough to earn him a year-end top-20 ranking.

Also worth keeping a very close eye on is Gilles Simon, who enjoyed a resurgence in the opening week of the season, beating top-20 players Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson on his way to a 13th career-title in Pune. While it's to early to pronounce a revival on the former world number six, who dropped out of the top-90 at the end of last season, another strong week from the counter-punching Frenchman in Sydney will certainly propel him to the role of a dangerous floater ahead of the Australian Open.

Defending champion Gilles Muller also returns to Sydney in an attempt to go back-to-back in the Harbour City. Muller enjoyed a career-best season in 2017 at 34 years of age, adding the s-Hertogenbosch title to his Sydney crown, beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon and rising to a career-high ranking of No. 21. The big-serving man from Luxembourg will again start as one of the leading contenders for the title. Home youngster, Alex De Minaur enjoyed a fine season-opener in Brisbane, making the semi-finals- can he keep it going in Sydney?

A whole host of players ranked in the 25-50 bracket largely make up the remainder of the draw. Enigmatic talents Fabio Fognini, Benoit Paire, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Fernando Verdasco are all capable of coming away with the silverware, while Paris Masters runner-up Filip Krajinovic will be looking to continue his late-season run in 2017 into the new season.

Other players to watch out for in Sydney throughout the week include Adrian Mannarino, Feliciano Lopez, Mischa Zverev and Diego Schwartzman - all of whom will fancy their chances of claiming the title in what is an extremely wide-open and unpredictable field.

ATP Sydney Seeds

ATP Sydney Seeds

1Albert Ramos-VinolasSpain23
2Gilles MullerLuxembourg25
3Diego SchwartzmanArgentina26
4Fabio FogniniItaly27
5Adrian MannarinoFrance28
6Philip KohlschreiberGermany29
7Damir DzumhurBosnia30
8Mischa ZverevGermany33

About ATP Sydney

Played at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre since 2000, the combined ATP-WTA Sydney International was originally known as the New South Wales Open and has a rich heritage dating back to 1885 when it was used by colonial officials to select the Davis Cup team. Australian player W. J. B. Salmon won the first men’s title at the New South Wales Open in 1885 and Miss A. Lamb took the inaugural women’s title.

The tournament was originally held at the Sydney Cricket Ground before being hosted for 76 years at a White City location and moved to its current location in 2000, when Sydney hosted the Olympics.

Australian greats including Jack Crawford, Lew Hoad, Ken Rosewall, Tony Roche and Rod Laver have all starred at the Apia International Sydney and gone on to win the trophy, with Rod Laver winning the title in 1961 – the centre court at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre is now named in Ken Rosewall's honour.

In more recent years, Pete Sampras became the first man since Australia’s Neal Fraser (1959-60) to win back-to-back titles at the ATP Sydney tournament when he defeated Thomas Muster in 1993 and Ivan Lendl in 1994, with Tim Henman defeating Carlos Moya in the 1997 final.

Australian star and the youngest man ever to be ranked world no. 1, Lleyton Hewitt, thrilled the home crowds when he captured four titles at the Apia International Sydney, winning in 2000-1 and 2004-5, his reign interrupted only by Lee Hyung-taik (2003) and a certain Roger Federer, when he defeated Juan Ignacio Chela in 2002.

Bernard Tomic brought that joy back to Aussie fans when he won the Sydney title in 2013, entering as an unseeded player and coming through the draw to defeat big-serving Kevin Anderson in the final. In fact it marked Tomic’s first ever ATP Tour victory and he made it back to the final in 2014, but was soundly beaten by US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, 6-3, 6-1.

2015 was full of surprises, as two qualifiers ended up contesting the final, with Viktor Troicki ultimately winning through to pick up his maiden title. Fabio Fognini was the top seed, but the Italian was left winless after a gutsy display from defending champion Juan Martin del Potro. Aside from being sidelined due to his lingering wrist injury, del Potro made his highly anticipated return to action in Sydney. He would then go on to reach the quarterfinals, before succumbing in a nail biting clash against Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7 (5), 6-7 (3). Kukushkin, a qualifier, then went on to face Troicki in the final, but it seemed he had given his all just to reach the final two, as Troicki ran away with the victory in a one-sided affair.

Troicki continued his love affair with Sydney in 2016, but he was tasked with a much tougher challenge in the final in the form of talented Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov. Troicki recovered from a slow start to force a deciding set tiebreaker, where he would go on to save a match point on his way to securing back-to-back Sydney titles.

Troicki was looking to become the first man since 1940 to capture three straight Sydney titles in 2017, but the Serbian fell just short, going down to Gilles Muller in the semi-finals. Muller went on to secure his first ever ATP title at 33 years of age in emotional scenes, defeating Dan Evans in straight sets in the final.

ATP Sydney Tournament Information

ATP Sydney fast facts

ATP SydneySydney International
Dates7-13 January, 2018
VenueSydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre
LocationSydney, Australia
First Played1885
Draw Size32
CategoryATP 250
Prize Money$437,380
Reigning Singles ChampionGilles Muller
Reigning Doubles ChampionWesley Koolhof/Matwe Middelkoop

ATP Sydney Previous Winners

Former ATP Sydney champions (Open Era)

1969Tony RocheRod Laver
1970Rod LaverKen Rosewall
1971Phil DentJohn Alexander
1972Alexander MetreveliPatrice Dominguez
1973Malcolm AndersonKen Rosewall
1974Geoff Masters (Dec), Tony Roche (Jan)Colin Dibley (Dec), Phil Dent (Jan)
1975Ross CaseJohn Marks
1976Tony RocheDick Stockton
1977Roscoe TannerBrian Teacher
1978Tim WilkisonKim Warwick
1979Phil DentHank Pfister
1980Fritz BuehningBrian Teacher
1981Tim WilkisonChris Lewis
1982John AlexanderJohn Fitzgerald
1983Joakim NystromMike Bauer
1984John FitzgeraldSammy Giammalva Jr
1985Henri LeconteKelly Evernden
1986Not heldNot held
1987Miroslav MecirPeter Doohan
1988John FitzgeraldAndrei Chesnokov
1989Aaron KricksteinAndrei Chesnokov
1990Yannick NoahCarl-Uwe Steeb
1991Guy ForgetMichael Stich
1992Emilio SanchezGuy Forget
1993Pete SamprasThomas Muller
1994Pete SamprasIvan Lendl
1995Patrick McEnroeRichard Fromberg
1996Todd MartinGoran Ivanisevic
1997Tim HenmanCarlos Moya
1998Karol KuceraTim Henman
1999Todd MartinAlex Corretja
2000Lleyton HewittJason Stoltenberg
2001Lleyton HewittMagnus Norman
2002Roger FedererJuan Ignacio Chela
2003Lee Hyung-TaikJuan Carlos Ferrero
2004Lleyton HewittCarlos Moya
2005Lleyton HewittIvo Minar
2006James BlakeIgor Andreev
2007James BlakeCarlos Moya
2008Dmitry TursunovChris Guccione
2009David NalbandianJarkko Nieminen
2010Marcos BaghdatisRichard Gasquet
2011Gilles SimonViktor Troicki
2012Jarkko NieminenJulien Benneteau
2013Bernard TomicKevin Anderson
2014Juan Martin del PotroBernard Tomic
2015Viktor TroickiMikhail Kukushkin
2016Viktor TroickiGrigor Dimitrov
2017Gilles MullerDan Evans

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