Brisbane draws five of world's best
TENNIS: Five of the globe's top 10 players will take part in January's Brisbane International, with Canada's world No.6, Milos Raonic, confirming he will defend his title.
Japanese world No.4 Kei Nishikori and rising Austrian star Dominic Thiem, who is ranked 10th, have also confirmed their participation in the event.
They will join 14-time grand slam winner and world No.5 Rafael Nadal and the world No.3, US Open champion Stan Wawrinka, in the star-studded draw.
It will be Raonic's fourth trip to Brisbane.
"I can't wait to return to Brisbane in January. I played some of my best tennis to beat Roger (Federer) in the final last time and enjoyed playing in front of such a great crowd who clearly love their tennis,” he said.
"I've made the previous two finals, and the challenge for me is to make it three in a row against a quality field of players all looking to start the season well.”
Nishikori was also thrilled to be returning to the tournament.
"The people are very nice, very warm ... it's a great tournament and I love to come back,” he said.
Tournament director Geoff Quinlan said of the additions: "These players along with Rafa and Stan means the quality of the field is stronger than ever.”
In the women's draw, Germany's world No.1 Angelique Kerber and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, from Spain, will be the main attractions.
The tournament runs from January 1-8.