The 2017 ASB Classic Auckland Tennis Tournament

December 7, 2016 by

The 2017 ASB Classic Auckland Open is Just Around the Corner

The ATP Auckland open (ASB Classic) is an ATP and WTA tennis tournament sponsored by ASB. In 2017, the ATB Classic will take place in Auckland at the ASB Tennis Centre. The Woman’s event is classed as an international level tournament and will kick off on the 2nd of January and run through to the 7th. The men’s tournament is a 250 level event, which will start two days later on the 9th of January and run to the 14th. All the matches are played on hard courts at the ASB centre itself.

The history of the ASB Classic dates back to the 1950’s. After a successful run of smaller tournaments, in 1956, the Auckland tennis association hosted its very first international tournament called the Auckland Championship. Up until 1981, the tournament was a joint event with both men and woman taking part. Between 1979 and 1989, the tournament was actually part of the Grand Prix Circuit. 34 years after splitting, the WTA and ATP tournaments merged again in 2016 with both competitions held under one banner.

An Incredibly Strong 2017 Field

Recently, the 2017 field was announced for both the woman’s and the men’s tournament. It turns out that the upcoming tournament will have one of the strongest fields ever seen. The woman’s draw includes four former world number ones including the Williams sisters as well as Caroline Wozniacki and Ana Ivanovic. In the men’s competition, American Jack Sock joins field, coming from some impressive wins including the unprecedented upset of World Number 6 Milos Raonic at the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

The 2017 men’s field includes:

  • Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) World Ranking 14
  • John Isner (USA) World Ranking 19
  • David Ferrer (ESP) World Ranking 21
  • Jack Sock (USA) World Ranking 23
  • Albert Ramos-Viñolas (ESP) World Ranking 27
  • Feliciano López (ESP) World Ranking 28
  • Steve Johnson (USA) World Ranking 33
  • Marcos Baghdatis (CYP) World Ranking 36

The 2017 woman’s field includes:

  • Serena Williams (USA) World Ranking 2
  • Venus Williams (USA) World Ranking 17
  • Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) World Ranking 19
  • Barbora Strýcová (CZE) World Ranking 20
  • Kiki Bertens (NED) World Ranking 22
  • Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) World Ranking 27
  • Sloane Stephens (USA) World Ranking 35
  • Jeļena Ostapenko (LAT) World Ranking 44
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