Former world No. 16 Philipp Kohlschreiber will start the new season at the Apis Canberra Challenger, per Florian Heer. The 36-year-old is set to debut in Canberra as he has no previous appearances at the Australian Challenger event.
Kohlschreiber didn't enjoy a particularly good 2019 campaign and he will be aiming to have a bounce back season in 2020. Kohlschreiber, who plummeted to No. 79 in the world, signed up to start the year at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open in Doha but didn't make the main draw cut.
The eight-time ATP champion could have played the Doha qualifying but he declined and instead decided to play the Canberra Challenger. However, Kohlschreiber won't be the lone star in Canberra as eight players ranked inside the top-100 have confirmed their participation at the event.
The remaining seven top-100 players on the Canberra entry list were Ugo Humbert, Andreas Seppi, Jannik Sinner, Steve Johnson, Dominik Koepfer, Sonwoo Kwon and Jaume Munar. The Canberra Challenger, which will take place from January 06-12, is set to have a new winner as defending champion Hubert Hurkacz won't be returning to the event in 2020.