Staged at the at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne, the site of many Australian Open tournaments and Australian Davis Cup tie, the Kooyong Classic was established in 1988 and it became an instant success, serving as one of the last preparations for the first Grand Slam of the season at Melbourne Park.
Pat Cash was the first champion, followed by Thomas Muster, Michael Chang, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Kei Nishikori and David Goffin. The organizers have managed to sign some prominent names for the 2019 edition as well, including Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, Alexei Popyrin, Jack Sock, Jason Kubler, Janko Tipsarevic and Filip Krajinovic.
On Tuesday, Tomic toppled Jack Sock while Janko Tipsarevic prevailed against Jason Kubler, aiming to return to action next week in Melbourne for the first time since the US Open 2017! On Wednesday, the crowd at thia historic site will get the opportunity to watch some serious action, with Marin Cilic taking upon Kevin Anderson in the top-10 battle before an all-Aussie clash between Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.
On Thursday, the 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov will join the action at Kooyong Classic, suffering an early loss in Auckland and heading to Melbourne for the final preparation before the start of the Australian Open where Denis will be among the seeded players.
The Canadian suffered a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 loss to Joao Sousa in two hours and 20 minutes, winning five points more than the Portuguese but failing to cross the finish line first. The youngster sprayed too many errors and he had to play against 16 break points, losing serve in the seventh game of the deciding set to finish on the wrong side of the scoreboard and opting to embrace another test at Kooyong before finding out his first rival at the Australian Open.