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Proposed World Team Cup could make Canberra Challenger even stronger

7 January 2018 8:59 AM
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This year's Canberra Challenger is the strongest ever, with 12 players from the top 100 fine-tuning their preparations for the first grand slam of the year.

"We get a great field for the event. I believe it's [the World Team Cup] being proposed for the week of the Brisbane and Hopman events so it wouldn't actually impact or conflict directly with this event [the Canberra Challenger]," Tennis ACT chief executive Kim Kachel said on Sunday.

"If anything it could be a good opportunity and attract those top players out, like Brisbane and Hopman do. I think our event will still remain a very strong challenger event and a great lead-in to the Australian Open."

The final round of qualifying will be wrapped up on Monday, with Canberra's Harry Bourchier one win away from a spot in the main draw.

Kachel said there were some first-round clashes on Monday that would be worthy of a final in other challengers with two top-100 players going head-to-head - Malek Jaziri against Marton Fucsovics and Andreas Seppi versus Maximilian Marterer.

Also read: Canberra tennis veteran Alison Bai gunning for fifth time lucky at Australian Open

Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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