Australian tennis player Jason Kubler has been added to the 2019 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic player field. The 25-year-old is set to make his second appearance at the popular Australian exhibition. The Australian debuted on the hard court of Kooyong last year.
Back then, Kubler was defeated in his lone match played at the event as Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka proved to be too much for the Australian. Kubler, ranked at No. 113 in the world, will use Kooyong as his last preparation for the Australian Open.
The Australian was granted a wildcard into the Brisbane International -- but was forced to pull out of the event. Kubler tried to make the Sydney International main draw over the weekend through the qualifying event but lost in the first round to Nishioka.
Kubler is expected to be joined in Kooyong by Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Nick Kyrgios, Richard Gasquet, Jack Sock, Bernard Tomic, Feliciano Lopez, Damir Dzumhur, Janko Tipsarevic, Filip Krajinovic and John Peers. Meanwhile, rising British star Katie Boulter has been added to the women's field as she replaces the injured American CoCo Vandeweghe.
The 22-year-old is set to debut at the Kooyong event.
PLAYER UPDATE | A big Kooyong welcome to our own @JasonKubler and the UK’s @KatieBoulter1 following a stunning victory in doubles action at the Hopman Cup against @serenawilliams. Boulter replaces @CoCoVandey who has withdrawn due to injury #KooyongClassic pic.twitter.com/BWMPJZNicP — Kooyong Classic (@KooyongClassic) January 6, 2019
The women's field now includes Boulter, Sorana Cirstea, Play Shuai, Amanda Anisimova, Sally Peers and Sara Tomic. The Kooyong event is due to take place from 08-10 January. Also read: Nick Kyrgios added to star-studded Kooyong Classic player field