The field for the Apia International Sydney is set, and among the players in the tournament will be Australia native Bernard Tomic, along with Grigor Dimitrov, who is ranked 28 in the world. Borna Coric, Dominic Thiem, and Janko Tipsarevic are also entered into the event.
The tournament occurs just one week before the Australian Open, meaning that players will use it as their final tuneup before the first major of the season.
Bernard Tomic Looks To Use 2016 As Springboard
Tomic is an Australian native who has recently had some run-ins with Tennis Australia that came to a head when he was not nominated for the Association's Newcombe Medal, which ended up being won by Sam Groth.
Tomic came through the tennis ranks being heralded as a potential future superstar, but he has failed to reach the expectations that were thrust upon him. His best finish at a major is the round of 16, which he has accomplished twice at the Australian Open. He is currently ranked 18 in the world, which is the highest that he has ever been ranked in his professional career. He looks to use the 2016 season to finally be the player he has the potential to be.
Grigor Dimitrov Looks To Close In On Top Ten Once Again
Dimitrov is the 28 ranked player in the world, which is down from the #11 ranking he enjoyed before the US Open. He is fresh off defeating Gael Monflis, who is ranked 20, 6-3, 6-4 at the Telenor Prime Time Tennisevent in Bulgaria, his native country.
Dimitrov enters 2016 with no major titles, although he did make the semifinals at Wimbledon in 2014, where he lost to Novak Djokovic. That still remains the farthest that he has ever made it in a major tournament.
2015 was a rough year for Dimitrov, as he split with his coach in July, which led to him having a poor performance in the US Open, where he was eliminated in the second round by Mikhail Kukushkin. He will look to use 2016 as a rebound year to regain his old form.