ATP Auckland Open 2019: Preview, Schedule, Players list, Timings, and Where to Watch
After an action-packed first week, which saw Kevin Anderson, Roberto Bautista Agut, and Kei Nishikori win titles at Pune, Doha, and Brisbane respectively, the men's tennis action will now move to Sydney and Auckland.
While the Sydney Open has already begun, the Auckland Open, or the 2019 ASB Classic, will commence from January 7.
28 players will be taking part in the main draw, with the top four seeds receiving a bye in the first round. The women's tournament at the same venue took place last week with Julia Goerges emerging the winner in the singles category.
This will be the 43rd edition of the men's tournament in Auckland, with the first one taking place way back in 1976. The tournament has usually been held every year one week prior to the Australian Open.
Most of the top players refrain from participating given the fact that the Australian Open begins soon after. Big-serving American John Isner will go into the tournament as the top seed.
Isner had a breakthrough year in 2018, reaching the semifinals of the Wimbledon Championships and the quarters of the US Open. He qualified for the World Tour Finals as well after Rafael Nadal pulled out.
Fabio Fognini, who had a great year in 2018 as well, has been named as the second seed for the tournament.
Meanwhile, Roberto Bautista Agut, who just won his ninth ATP career title at Doha, defeating Tomas Berdych in the final, has pulled out of the Auckland Open in order to prepare for the first Grand Slam of the year. The Spaniard won the tournament in Auckland in 2016 and 2018. USA's Steve Johnson, who was seeded ninth, will take Bautista Agut's place in the draw.
Here is everything you need to know about the 2019 Auckland ASB Classic:
Top 8 seeds(Singles):
1 - John Isner
2 - Fabio Fognini
3 - Marco Cecchinato
4 - Pablo Carreno Busta
6 - Hyeon Chung
7 - Denis Shapovalov
8 - Gael Monfils
9 - Steve Johnson
Day 1 Singles Schedule With Timings:
Marius Copil vs Taylor Fritz - 04:00 IST
Jan Lennard Struff vs Laslo Djere - 06:00 IST
Phillip Kohlschreiber vs Bradley Klahn - 06:00 IST
Cameron Norrie vs Benoit Paire - 07:30 IST
Maximillian Marterer vs Tennys Sandgren - 08:30 IST
Mackenzie McDonald vs Matteo Berrettini - 10:00 IST
Joao Sousa vs Denis Shapovalov - 11:30 IST
2018 - Roberto Bautista Agut
2017 - Jack Sock
2016 - Roberto Bautista Agut
2015 - Jiri Vesely
2014 - John Isner
Where To Watch:
The matches will not be streamed live in India. They can be streamed live on Tennis TV, through a subscription.