Wawrinka & Felix Lead Murray River Open Field; All You Need To Know
Grand Slam champions, #NextGenATP stars and home favourites lead the field at the Murray River Open, one of two ATP 250s being held in Melbourne from 1-7 February alongside the ATP Cup (2-6 February).
Top seed Stan Wawrinka, the No. 18 player in the FedEx ATP Rankings, is the highest-ranked player in a draw that also features 2017 Nitto ATP Finals champion Grigor Dimitrov and US Open champion Marin Cilic. The Swiss, who went 15-8 in 2020, starts the season in search of his first ATP Tour trophy since 2017 Geneva.
Also in action, 20-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime is going for his first career trophy after coming up short in six finals over the past two years. The Canadian is ranked just outside the Top 20 in the FedEx ATP Rankings at No. 21.
Fan favourites Nick Kyrgios and Frances Tiafoe are also ones to watch at the Murray River Open. Kyrgios had his taste of victory on home soil in 2018 Brisbane, and the Aussie will be looking to kick off the season with a strong start in Melbourne after a year away from the courts. Tiafoe, last year’s recipient of the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award, is one of four Americans in the draw alongside Tommy Paul, Marcos Giron and Mackenzie McDonald.
Here's what you need to know about the Murray River Open in Melbourne, an ATP 250 event included in the Tour's updated start to the 2021 calendar on a single-year license.
Tournament Dates: 1-7 February, 2021
Draw Ceremony: Saturday, 30 January (time TBA)
Tournament Director: Paul Daly
* Main draw: Monday, 1 - Sunday 7 February
* Start times: Sunday - Wednesday 10:30am, Thursday - Friday 11:00am
* Doubles final: Saturday 6 February
* Singles final: Sunday 7 February
How To Watch
Watch Live On Tennis TV
Venue: Melbourne Park
Surface: Outdoor Hard
Prize Money: USD $311,665 (Total Financial Commitment: $373,465)
First hit on RLA today 💥🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/t34vGLYmDR— Félix AugerAliassime (@felixtennis) January 19, 2021