Chinan Open 2016: Tomic earns a top-16 seeding, and joined by Stosur and Kyrgios in the top 32

Posted on 22/05/2019 by

Bernard Tomic has earned a top-16 grand slam seeding for the first time, the absence of world No. 9 Richard Gasquet ensuring the Queenslander will avoid an n Open meeting with the top eight – including five-time defending champion Novak Djokovic – until at least the fourth round.

Tomic’s semi-final appearance at last week’s Brisbane International delivered a career-high No. 17 on Monday’s ATP rankings list on which the Melbourne Park seedings will be based. Nick Kyrgios, who remains at No.30 after starting his season at the non-points-bearing Hopman Cup exhibition, will be the other seeded n man.

The confirmed no-shows of Lucie Safarova (illness) and US Open champion Flavia Pennetta (retired) will elevate Sam Stosur from 27 to at least 25, although her position could improve should any of the host of top women battling health issues – a worryingly lengthy roll-call headed by top seed and titleholder Serena Williams – translate into further withdrawals.

If so, that would also assist Hopman Cup co-winner Daria Gavrilova, currently 36th gain a maiden slam seeding among the protected 32. Russian-born Gavrilova will be contesting her second Open as an n passport-holder, having been granted citizenship in November, while permanent resident Ajla Tomljanovic (No.65) can also represent her adopted country at the majors.

Djokovic, meanwhile, has arrived in Melbourne as an overwhelming favourite to claim an Open-era record-extending Norman Brookes Challenge Cup following his 6-1, 6-2 obliteration of world No.5 Rafael Nadal in the Qatar Open final.

Third-ranked Roger Federer was planning a brief rest from the practice court to help overcome the last lingering effects of the flu that flattened him in Brisbane, and left the 17-time major winner feeling leg-weary and “one step too slow” during Sunday night’s 6-4, 6-4 finals loss to Canadian Milos Raonic.

“Considering the week I’ve had, I’m actually quite happy,” said Federer, after the world No.3  failed to clinch his 88th career title on Pat Rafter Arena. “That’s why I’m not down or anything or disappointed. If I would’ve known I would’ve made the finals five days ago I would’ve been unbelievably happy.

“I’ve still got a cough and the throat is a bit weird. Definitely got to make sure I get over it as quickly as possible. As long as I keep on playing and doing all that stuff it’s not going to go away faster. So I am going to rest up tomorrow. Also have to see, but then probably hit the practice courts again. Practice you can manage how hard you’re going to do it. Obviously health is No. 1.”



1. Novak Djokovic (SRB)

2. Andy Murray (GBR)

3. Roger Federer (SUI)

4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI)

5. Rafael Nadal (ESP)

6. Tomas Berdych (CZE)

7. Kei Nishikori (JPN)

8. David Ferrer (ESP)

9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)

10. John Isner (USA)

11. Kevin Anderson (RSA)

12. Marin Cilic (CRO)

13. Milos Raonic (CAN)

14. Giles Simon (FRA)

15. David Goffin (BEL)

16. Bernard Tomic (AUS)

Other: 29. Nick Kyrgios


1. Serena Williams (USA)

2. Simona Halep (ROU)

3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

4. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

5. Maria Sharapova (RUS)

6. Petra Kvitova (CZE)

7. Angelique Kerber (GER)

8. Venus Williams (USA)

9. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

10. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP)

11. Timea Bacsinszky (SUI)

12. Belinda Bencic (SUI)

13. Roberta Vinci (ITA)

14. Victoria Azarenka (BLR)

15. Madison Keys (USA)

16. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

Other: 25. Sam Stosur (AUS)

* Based on WTA and ATP Tour rankings as at 11/1/16. Subject to withdrawals.

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