PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 03:  Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France celebrates victory over Kei Nishikori of Japan during the Mens Singles third round match on day four of the BNP Paribas Masters at Palais Omnisports de Bercy on November 3, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Tsonga comes to Kooyong for Coric exhibition

Posted on January 11, 2017

French star Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will give the 2017 Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic a headline exhibition match on Thursday 12 January against young gun Croatian Borna Coric.

The 31-year-old, who is currently ranked number 12 in the world, will be using the match to prepare for the upcoming Australian Open and is sure to entertain the crowd with his powerful game.

Ranked as high as number five in his career, Tsonga was the first player to beat every member of the big four (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Murray) in a Grand Slam match.

He was a finalist at the Australian Open in 2008 succumbing to current world number two Djokovic in four sets and last year made the fourth round of the tournament.

Coric defeated local Kooyong product Andrew Whittington in the first match on Tuesday, keen to make the most of his time in Melbourne leading up to the only Grand Slam he is yet to reach the second round in.

In 2014 the current world number 57 was the youngest player to finish in the top 100 and followed it up the next year by being the youngest in the top 50 still just 19-years-old.

The pair are set for a competitive contest to open a quality day of tennis on Thursday.

Tickets are available to purchase via Ticketek or at the gate.

Today’s schedule of play is as follows:

 

WEDNESDAY 11 JANUARY – PRICELINE PHARMACY SISTERHOOD FOUNDATION WOMEN’S DAY

Gates open 10am

 

11:00AM – MATCH #1

Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) v Andrew Whittington (AUS)

FOLLOWED BY – MATCH #2

Bernard Tomic (AUS) v David Goffin (BEL)

FOLLOWED BY – MATCH #3

Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN) v Jerzy Janowicz (POL)

FOLLOWED BY – MATCH #4 (NOT BEFORE 4PM)

Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) v Qiang Wang (CHN)

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