|Posted on January 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM|
The Kooyong Classic is an eight-man invitational exhibition tennis tournament. Players complete their preparations in Kooyong for the upcoming Australian Open.
Tennis players Gilles Simon, Grigor Dimitrov, Lleyton Hewitt -holds 2014 Brisbane trophy d. Federer- Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Kei Nishikori and Fernando Verdasco pose during a press conference ahead of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
The Kooyong Classic has become the traditional Australian Open preparation for 8 of the world's top players.
List of the 8 Playerstaking part in 2014 Kooyong
# 7 Tomas Berdych (CZE)
# 8 Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI)
# 9 Richard Gasquet (FRA)
# 17 Kei Nishikori (JPN)
# 19 Gilles Simon (FRA)
# 23 Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
# 33 Fernando Verdasco (ESP)
# 321 Jordan Thompson (AUS) *replaces defending champion Lleyton Hewitt*
After late withdrawal of defending champion Lleyton Hewitt, Tomas is the top seed
Tomas Berdych looks on during a press conference ahead of the AAMI Classic at Kooyong on January 7, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia