Germany’s Dustin Brown leads the list of players vying for one of 16 qualifying spots in the main draw of Australian Open 2014.
Brown is hoping to play in just his second Australian Open main draw, but will need to win three qualifying matches this week. His qualifying campaign begins on Court 9 at 10 am on Wednesday against world No.188 Damir Dzumhur, who he has never played before.
The 29-year-old German’s best result in Melbourne was in 2011 – a first-round five-set loss to 26th-seeded Albert Montanes.
Should Brown progress to the second round he will set up a potential clash with Australian Matt Reid, one of 13 locals in the draw.
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Reid will play 26-year-old Niels Desein of Belgium in the first match of the day on Court 7. Desein has contested qualifying here twice, but is yet to crack the main draw.
Other Australians in the main draw are Ben Mitchell, JP Smith, Alex Bolt, Andrew Harris, Akira Santillan, Blake Mott, Greg Jones, Matt Barton, Luke Saville, Brad Mousley, Marc Polmans and Andrew Whittington.
Mitchell and Smith will be counting themselves unlucky after drawing each other in the opening round, while Greg Jones faces a tough assignment in the form of 22nd seed Michael Berrer, a former top 50 player.
Andrew Whittington plays 23rd seed Thiemo de Bakker, Luke Saville also takes on a seeded player in 29th seed Paul Capdeville, as does Marc Polmans who comes up against 12th-seeded Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, who has been ranked as high as No.12 in the world.
Mousley, Saville, Mott, Harris, Mitchell and JP Smith will all be in action on Show Court 3, with play beginning at 10 am.
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Second seed Martin Klizan will be hoping to play his second consecutive Australian Open main draw, but he must first find a way past Germany’s Andreas Beck. Ranked as high as No.33 in 2009, Beck spent 2013 on the Futures and Challenger circuit.
Third seed David Goffin, who has been ranked as high as world No.42, will be hoping to put an injury-affected 2013 season behind him when he takes on Lorenzo Giustino in the final match of the day on Court 10. Following a first-round loss at the US Open, Goffin’s year came to an end thanks to a small hernia in his left wrist that required surgery and extensive rehabilitation. His opponent, Giustino, is ranked No.237 in the world and is making his Australian Open debut.
The in-form Marius Copil, seeded 18th, will come into qualifying confident that he can have an impact. The 138th-ranked Romanian not only won through qualifying at last week’s Brisbane International but he upset third seed Gilles Simon before losing to eventual winner Lleyton Hewitt in the quarterfinals.
Qualifying matches begin at 10 am at Melbourne Park, entry is free. If you can’t make it to Melbourne Park, you can follow the live scores on ausopen.com or watch live streaming.
The women’s qualifying draw will be held on Wednesday afternoon (Melbourne time).