The new edition of the ASB Classic will take place between January 13-18, serving as the last chance for the players to shape up their game before the first Grand Slam of the season in Melbourne. The ASB Tennis Arena will undergo significant improvements ahead of January, transforming the famous Yock Stand and preparing everything for a retractable roof that should come in the upcoming years.
World no. 4 Daniil Medvedev had been the first confirmed player for Auckland 2020 and the organizers have signed another Russian top-10 star, with Karen Khachanov signing to play the ASB Classic for the third time in last four years.
The quarter-finalist from 2018 will try to make a fresh start of the season after defending the national colors at the ATP Cup, cracking the top-10 in June this year but failing to win an ATP title, having to drop out from the elite group next Monday after losing almost 1000 points in Paris where he lost in the second round.
"I've enjoyed playing the ASB Classic before and I'm happy to be returning," Khachanov said. "I missed it last year when I would have liked to have played. They have been very good to me from early in my career and I'm looking forward to coming back.
I have some great memories, my last match against Juan Martin in front of a full crowd at night was such a great atmosphere and I hope I can do that again." "Karen is a great player and one that we're excited that he's chosen to return to the ASB Classic," tournament director Budge said.
"He's one of the current generation of players who are challenging the dominance of the top three and I'm sure we're going to see him take home more big titles in the future. He was ranked 48 in the world last time he was here in New Zealand and now he's inside the top-10.
That's a phenomenal improvement from someone who's still in his early 20s and we are excited to see what he brings to center court in 2020."