Former champions Julia Goerges and John Isner join strong Auckland field


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Former champions Julia Goerges and John Isner join strong Auckland field

The ASB Classic in Auckland takes place between January 6-18, 2020, serving as the last preparation for the first Major of the season in Melbourne. The organizers have been working hard to improve the complex and offer the best possible experience for both players and fans, also gathering a rock-solid field of players that will fight for the title.

In the first week, Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu and Caroline Wozniacki should be the players to beat but the German Julia Goerges will be in Auckland to chase the third consecutive title, lifting trophies there in 2018 and 2019.

Back in January, Julia ousted Bianca Andreescu after a titanic battle to defend the title, lifting her seventh WTA crown and embracing a solid season to finish in the top-30 for the third straight year. World no. 19 John Isner will lead the USA at the ATP Cup before heading to Auckland for the ninth time, seeking the third title after 2010 and 2014.

The American made a debut at the ASB Classic as a qualifier in 2009, reaching the quarter-final and returning a year later to claim the first ATP title in a career. Four years later, John prevailed against Yen-Hsun Lu in two tie breaks to go all the way for the second time, losing the ground a little bit in recent years and scoring only two triumphs from six encounters, halted by Hyeon Chung and Taylor Fritz in the second round in 2018 and 2019.

"Auckland is one of my favorite tournaments and I can't wait to come back and see all of the amazing people. I've definitely had some great memories and I'm looking forward to defending my title again in January," said Goerges.

"I love playing in Auckland. It's such a great place to play; the crowds are awesome; it's and one of the best stops on tour. It's where I won my first ATP title, and I'm looking forward to playing there again in 2019," said Isner.

"Obviously, both Julia and John have played some great tennis while here in Auckland, and we're thrilled that they've both chosen to start their 2020 seasons here in Auckland," said ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge.

"Both players are crowd favorites and we're sure the fans will be looking forward to seeing them both back out on the center court."