ATP BRISBANE One of the most popular stops on the ATP World Tour, the leading stars in men’s tennis converge…
One of the most popular stops on the ATP World Tour, the leading stars in men’s tennis converge at the Brisbane International to launch their respective 2019 seasons as a brand new year of tennis begins down under!
World No. 2 Rafael Nadal will join former winners Andy Murray and Grigor Dimitrov, along with defending champion Nick Kyrgios, at the 2019 Brisbane International, live from December 30 to January 6.
ATP BRISBANE LIVE STREAMING
ATP Brisbane International tennis is live from December 30 to January 6, 2019, with play starting around 11.00am local/1.00am GMT. Bookmaker bet365 are offering customers the opportunity to watch a live stream of the match alongside in-play betting.
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5. Enjoy a live stream & in-play betting for ATP Brisbane International tennis, live from December 30 to January 6, 2019.
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ATP BRISBANE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
ATP BRISBANE PLAYERS 2019
A number of elite players have already committed to starting their 2019 seasons at the Brisbane International, arguably the best ATP 250 tournament on the calendar.
Leading the way is World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who will be playing his first official match since retiring in the U.S. Open semi-finals in September with a knee injury. Nadal would go on to withdraw from the Paris Masters and season-ending Nitto ATP Finals with an abdominal problem before undergoing a 35-minute surgical procedure to repair his injured right ankle.
After retiring or withdrawing from all but one of the hardcourt events he entered in 2018, is Nadal ready to compete on the surface in 2019?
Another player making his comeback from injury at the 2019 Brisbane International is former World No. 1 Andy Murray. It was this time 12 months ago when Murray aborted a planned initial comeback in Brisbane to undergo hip surgery in Melbourne, forcing him onto the sidelines for the first six months of 2018. Murray would return for the grass season but would ultimately miss Wimbledon and play just six events for the year, ending his season in September as he took to the practice court in order to rebuild his fitness.
Murray has spent the off-season training at base-camps in Philadelphia and Miami, while he is planning to arrive in Brisbane just before Christmas in order to give himself the best possible preparation for a successful run. A two-time former Brisbane International champion in 2012-13, can Murray make it a hat-trick of trophies upon his return to the Queensland city in 2019?
Meanwhile, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and defending champion Nick Kyrgios will be hoping to put disappointing 2018 seasons behind them as they look for a fresh start in January. Dimitrov arrived in Brisbane this time last year as the Nitto ATP Finals champion and at a career-high ranking of No. 3, but the Bulgarian delivered an extremely sub-par season and has slipped to No. 19 in the world.
Kyrgios began 2018 in superb fashion as he claimed his fourth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane, defeating Dimitrov along the way, but injuries once again disrupted his season, while the Australian has since revealed he has also been struggling with mental demons throughout his career. Slipping to the fourth-ranked Australian and out of the top 30 in 2018, can Kyrgios re-discover his mojo in Brisbane?
While Nadal and Murray are returning from injuries and Dimitrov and Kyrgios are attempting to recapture their best tennis, Kei Nishikori is on the other end of the spectrum. The Japanese star made his own comeback from injury at the start of 2018 and has risen from outside the top 30 to inside the top 10 during a stellar 2018 that yielded a runner-up finish at the Monte-Carlo Masters and a semi-final at the U.S. Open, which helped him qualify for the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals.
U.S. Open quarter-finalist John Millman, who stunned Roger Federer on his way to his first major quarter-final in New York, will also be in action at his hometown event in Brisbane in 2019. Stay tuned over the coming months as more players are announced for the 2019 Brisbane International!
ATP BRISBANE SEEDS
Come back later when the 2019 Brisbane International seeds are announced.
ABOUT ATP BRISBANE
The tournament was launched in 1972 (and was previously contested in Adelaide), before becoming a joint ATP-WTA event at Brisbane in 2009. Since then it has become a highly popular tournament for players to kick off the new year.
Staged at the Queensland Tennis Centre, the Brisbane International is one of only two events played in Australia that players can compete in to prepare for the scorching temperatures in Melbourne’s Australian Open. The Apia International Sydney is the other event, and it occurs the week after, following the Brisbane action and concluding just two days before the start of the major at Melbourne Park.
The tournament boasts a list of famous former champions including Thomas Muster (1990), Goran Ivanisevic (1992), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (1994, 1996) and Jim Courier (1995). More recently, Radek Stepanek won the inaugural edition of the joint Brisbane International event in 2009, defeating Spaniard Fernando Verdasco in three sets in the final.
Since then a new winner has been crowned almost every year, with Andy Murray the only player to date to have won dual titles at the refreshed tournament, triumphing consecutively in 2012 and 2013. Home favourite and three-time overall champion Lleyton Hewitt then pulled off the enthralling victory against Roger Federer in the 2014 final, while Federer returned to make amends in 2015, simultaneously winning the title and recording his 1,000th ATP World Tour victory.
However Federer couldn’t join Murray as the only man to have won two Brisbane titles as Milos Raonic and his destructive serve stormed past the Swiss in straight sets in the 2016 final. Raonic would fall in the semi-finals of his title defence in 2017, with Bulgarian star Grigor Dimitrov conquering three top 10 players on the bounce, including Raonic, Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, to capture the title – a result that would ultimately act as a springboard for his run to the Australian Open semi-finals a few weeks later.
Nick Kyrgios joined Lleyton Hewitt as an Australian champion at the Brisbane International in 2018, defeating defending champion Dimitrov in the semi-finals before taking out Ryan Harrison in the final for his fourth ATP World Tour title.
ATP BRISBANE TOURNAMENT INFORMATION
ATP Brisbane fast facts
|ATP Brisbane||Brisbane International|
|Dates||December 30 to January 6|
|Venue||Queensland Tennis Centre|
|Reigning Singles Champion||Nick Kyrgios|
|Reigning Doubles Champion||John Peers/Henri Kontinen|
ATP BRISBANE FORMER CHAMPIONS
Previous ATP Brisbane winners
|2009||Radek Stepanek||Fernando Verdasco|
|2010||Andy Roddick||Radek Stepanek|
|2011||Robin Soderling||Andy Roddick|
|2012||Andy Murray||Alexandr Dolgoplov|
|2013||Andy Murray||Grigor Dimitrov|
|2014||Lleyton Hewitt||Roger Federer|
|2015||Roger Federer||Milos Raonic|
|2016||Milos Raonic||Roger Federer|
|2017||Grigor Dimitrov||Kei Nishikori|
|2018||Nick Kyrgios||Ryan Harrison|
ATP BRISBANE RANKING POINTS
Ranking points on offer at ATP 250 events
|Round of 16||20|