Australia’s world No.1 Ashleigh Barty will headline a star-studded Brisbane International in early January with the French Open champion beginning her 2020 campaign in her home town.
The WTA event, boasting a strong field that includes six of the world’s top 10 players, will kick-off the women’s roster in Australia as the sport comes to terms with a new-look summer schedule, thanks to the staging of the ATP Cup – a men’s teams event – before the Australian Open.
Barty will enjoy a first-round bye in Brisbane but competition will be tough for the top seed with the field including world No.2 Karolina Pliskova and world No.3 Naomi Osaka, plus top 10 players Elina Svitolina, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens. Venus Williams will also compete in Queensland’s capital for the first time.
There will be plenty of attention around on-court action in Brisbane, one of three Australian cities that is also staging group matches in the inaugural ATP Cup, along with Sydney and Perth. Australia, led by Alex de Minaur and Nick Kyrgios, a Novak Djokovic-headlined Serbia, France, Chile and Davis Cup runners-up Canada are among the nations to feature in Brisbane.