Asia-Pacific’s Top Players Prepare For Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off In Zhuhai

AO Press Release, November 25, 2019

The Australian Open Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off will see more than 100 players from the region compete in Zhuhai, China from Monday 3 December to Sunday 8 December.

Men’s and women’s wildcards in both singles and doubles, plus junior boys’ and girls’ singles wildcards are up for grabs for the eighth consecutive year.

Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan, a former play-off winner who went on to defeat Novak Djokovic in the second round of Australian Open 2017 in a five set thriller, will compete in the men’s field.

2017 finalist Duckhee Lee of Korea will join him as will Japan’s Tatsuma Ito, who is currently ranked No.126 in the world.

Last year’s runner up Ze Zhang and Jie Cui from China have been awarded wildcards into the men’s singles and will be the spectators’ favourites.

On the women’s side, world No.180 Na-Lae Han of Korea will lead the field amongst Fang Ying Xun of China and Ayano Shimizu of Japan.

China’s Ying Ying Duan and Xu Liu Sun have been awarded wildcards into the women’s play-off draw, as well as 2018 finalist Abigail Tere-Apisah from Papua New Guinea.

See the full field for each event, access to live streaming, live scoring and results during the tournament at www.ausopenwildcard.com.

In total, players from nine countries including China, India, Japan, Korea, Chinese Taipei, Uzbekistan, New Zealand Papua New Guinea and Pakistan will play at the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off.

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off is an important part of the tennis calendar leading into the first Grand Slam of the year.

“We’re expecting another week of high quality and competitive tennis in Zhuhai,” Tiley said.

“The Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off is a key part of the Australian Open’s commitment to growing interest and visibility of the tournament throughout the region.

“The event is a fantastic opportunity for the region’s top players, whether up-and-coming, or more established, to win the chance to play at the Australian Open, which can lead to a major breakthrough in their tennis careers.

“We look forward to seeing who takes out these coveted wildcards in a couple of weeks and welcoming these players to Melbourne in January.”

Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off Tournament Director Isabelle Gemmel said the tournament presents an exciting chance for players in the region.

“We’re delighted to host the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off in Zhuhai for the fourth year in succession and are pleased with the strong field of players who have entered,” Gemmel said.

“It will be another week of outstanding tennis with some familiar names returning to compete as well as some new ones. We can see the playing group really values this tournament as a stepping stone to our Grand Slam.”

Men’s singles field

Tatsuma Ito

JPN

Jason Jung

TPE

Denis Istomin

UZB

Ramkumar Ramanathan

IND

Sasikumar Mukund

IND

Ji Sung Nam

KOR

Duckhee Lee

KOR

Tsung-Hua Yang

TPE

(WC) Zhang Ze

CHN

(WC) Jie Cui

CHN

Two wildcards (TBC)

Four qualifiers (TBC)

Women’s singles field

Na-Lae Han

KOR

Fang Ying Xun

CHN

Ayano Shimizu

JPN

Su Jeong Jang

KOR

Ya-Hsung Lee

TPE

Junri Namigata

JPN

Ziyue Sun

CHN

Dabin Kim

KOR

(WC) Ying Ying Duan

CHN

(WC) Xu Liu Sun

CHN

(WC) Abigail Tere-Apisah

PNG

One wildcard (TBC)

Four qualifiers (TBC)