Tie Break Tens to feature stellar lineup


The multiple injury issues on the ATP Tour may have been a blessing in disguise for the exhibition Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park next Wednesday.

The event was late in finalizing its eight-man (zero women) field. But in the end, with players of the calibre of Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka looking to find any sort of match time before the Australian Open, the field is stellar.

Here are the eight scheduled to play:

Rafael Nadal
Novak Djokovic
Stan Wawrinka
Nick Kyrgios
Lleyton Hewitt
Dominic Thiem
Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Tomas Berdych (CZE) 

The final three were announced Friday.

Lack of match play means top field

Thiem, who has never met a tennis event he didn’t want to play, made relativelyearly exits in both the Abu Dhabi exhibition and the Doha ATP Tour event, where he was the No. 1 seed

Thiem was beaten by qualifier Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in the Doha quarterfinals. He lost in straight sets to substitute Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the first round in Abu Dhabi.

Pouille, whose 2017 season ended very late as he was a key cog in France’s Davis Cup title victory over Belgium, hasn’t played a tuneup tournament.

Thiem also will play in the Kooyong Classic next week.

Wawrinka, Hewitt added to Tie Break Tens


First to be announced for the Tie Break Tens event in Margaret Court Arena just before the Australian Open were Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios.

Add Lleyton Hewitt and the comebacking Stan Wawrinka to the list, which will eventually number eight.

Wawrinka is coming back from knee surgery. And having taken a pass on the men’s exhibition in Abu Dhabi, playing a few super tiebreaks the week before the event may be all the tennis he’ll get.

Committing to this event means there’s no chance Wawrinka could take a wild card into Auckland or Sydney.