Zhuhai to host Australian Open 2018 Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off

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Zhuhai to host Australian Open 2018 Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off

The Australian Open 2018 Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off (AWP) is set to be held in Zhuhai for the second straight year.

Top players from the Asia-Pacific will be battling to clinch a wildcard entry into the Australian Open. 

The wildcard event is due to be held for the sixth time. 

China's top male player Ze Zhang, 2017 US Open boys' singles and doubles champion Yibing Wu, as well as Di Wu, will be hoping to blossom in front of their home crowd in Zhuhai.

South-Korean world No. 189 Soon Woo Kwon will also be featuring at the event.

Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin completed a winning run at the event next year as he went on to clinch a spot in the 2017 Australian Open main draw.

Istomin then shocked 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in round two at Melbourne Park. 

Japan's Misaki Doi and 2017 runner-up Kai-Chen Chang will be featuring the women's event.

Zhuhai's Hengqin International Tennis Center will host 16 men and women from 28 November - 3 December. 

The event will also feature doubles and junior events.

"We are delighted to confirm that the Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off will return to Hengqin International Tennis Center for a second year,” AWP Tournament Director Isabelle Gemmel said.

“Zhuhai is one of the most progressive sporting cities in China and we are delighted to work with Huafa Sports to continue to grow our sport and attract new audiences to tennis.

"The venue is the perfect showcase for what promises to be some high-quality tennis.''

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