The organizers of the Hawaii Tennis Open exhibition event have released the draw for the tournament. There are 5 players in both the men's and the women's draw with three players on each side going into the semi-finals bracket and two-players on each side playing for the fourth spot in the semi-final bracket.
On the women's side, five-time Grand Slam champion and former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova will play Japan's Misaki Doi in one semi-final bracket. In the other section, American Danielle Collins will play-off against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer to meet German Angelique Kerber in the other semi-final bracket.
Kerber is a three-time Grand Slam champion and a former World No. 1 as well. On the men's side, Japan's Kei Nishikori will meet American Sam Querrey in one semi-final bracket while American Christian Harrison and Australian Jordan Thompson will face-off to meet American Taylor Fritz in the second semi-final bracket.
Nishikori is a former World No. 4 and is currently ranked 13th in the world. He has not played since losing in the third round of the US Open in August due to right arm and elbow injuries. The Hawaii Open is an indoor hard court professional tennis tournament held annually in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The invitational tournament occurs immediately before the ATP Tour and WTA Tour begin the new season in late December. The tournament this year is being held on December 26, 27 and 28 in Honolulu at the Stan Sheriff Center. Canadian tennis players Milos Raonic and Bianca Andreescu had earlier withdrawn from the event due to injury.