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Croatian Davis Cup stars Karlovic and Coric join Kooyong field

Posted on November 24, 2016

Croatian Davis Cup stars Ivo Karlovic and young-gun Borna Coric have been added to the player roster for the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic.

The pair will be part of the Croatian team at this weekend’s Davis Cup final against Argentina in Zagreb.

The Croatian duo will join Frenchmen Lucas Pouille and Gilles Simon, Russian Mikhail Youzhny and Japanese youngster Yoshihito Nishioka in the Kooyong men’s field.

They join the previously announced trio of Australian Bernard Tomic, 2016 Kooyong champion and world number 11 David Goffin of Belgium, and Richard Gasquet of France at the traditional pre-Australian Open event. One spot remains to be filled to complete the ten-player field.

The Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic will be held from Tuesday 10 January to Friday 13 January 2017 at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

Karlovic makes a return to Davis Cup action for Croatia for the first time since 2012 in this weekend’s final.  The big serving 37-year-old remains at the top of his game, returning to the top twenty this year after collecting two ATP Tour wins.

Having just turned 20, Coric is a rising star of world tennis and is one of three 20-year olds in the top 100. With wins already over Andy Murray and Raphael Nadal, the World No. 48 is also returning from knee surgery after an injury that forced his retirement from the first round at the U.S. Open.

Pouille, ranked World No. 15, was last week voted by his peers as the most improved player on the ATP Tour.  After an impressive run into the top 20, the 22-year-old collected his first ATP title in Metz along with Grand Slam quarter-finals at Wimbledon (where he beat Bernard Tomic)  and the U.S. Open (where he beat Nadal in five sets).

Returning to Kooyong for his fourth consecutive appearance, Gilles Simon finished the year at world No. 25, a position he has held for eight of the past nine seasons, whilst Youzhny, ranked 57th, collected a win against Canadian Milos Raonic in St Petersburg in September. Nishioka is one of the ATP tour’s identified ‘Next Gen’ stars and will fly the Japanese flag at Kooyong.

“I am looking forward to playing at this year’s Kooyong Classic,” Pouille said.  I am happy to have the opportunity to play at the Kooyong Club which has such strong tennis history,  and the matches I get there will hopefully be the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.”

Coric said: “It should be a fun event and will hopefully be the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.

Tournament director Peter Johnston said the men’s field had great depth plus some rising stars who tennis fans will love to watch.

“We still have one spot to fill, but with four players inside the top 20, in Goffin, Pouille, Gasquet and Karlovic, plus Tomic and rising young stars like Coric and Nishioka, it’s a great mix.”

“Combined with the recent announcement of the women’s round-robin event featuring Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic, German Sabine Lisicki and Romanian Sorana Cirstea the 2017 event is shaping well.”

The full player field and player profiles are available on our website.

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