Sydney has lost two major names in it’s annual warm-up event to the Australian Open: Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova. Both players are opting out of the tournament because neither is interested in playing just before the AO starts. The men’s side is also missing many of the top ten players. However, there are other big names still scheduled to appear:
…Justine Henin, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic will all take part in Sydney.
In the men’s event, home favourite Leyton Hewitt will emulate John Bromwich if he can win the tournament for the 5th time in his career next month.
Richard Gasquet and Tommy Robredo are the only two of the top 10 players set to play in January. Setanta Sports
Notably, the AO field is unusually strong this year - so far.