Australian Open: Two men from Down Under seeded for first time in 12 years
Last time when two Aussies were part of seeding was way back in 2004.
Melbourne: As the seedings of the first Grand Slam of the year -- Australian Open – released on Thursday, tournament organisers and local fans were quite jubilated with the fact that at least two Australians have made it into the list, for the first time since 2004.
Bernard Tomic (16) and Nick Kyrgios (29) are the two Australians who have entered the seeding list.
Last time when two Aussies were part of seeding was way back in 2004, when Mark Philippoussis and Lleyton Hewitt cracked into the list.
For the records, the last Australian man to win the Open was Mark Edmondson back in 1976.
However, the last Australian to make the final was Hewitt 11 years ago in 2005, when he lost to Russian Marat Safin.
Tomic and Kyrgios have displayed good form in lead-up tournaments, with Tomic blazing his way through the Sydney International as the top seed, while Kyrgios played a great hand in helping Australia win the Hopman Cup in Perth last week.
However, Kyrgios suffered a minor injury setback on Wednesday, pulling out of the Kooyong Classic in Melbourne with an Achilles' complaint. However, in a press conference following his retirement, Kyrgios said he would be fine for the Australian Open.
Fellow Aussie Samantha Stosur was the only local woman to be seeded. She is ranked 25th going into the tournament.
Following are the seeding lists.
1. Novak Djokovic, Serbia
2. Andy Murray, Britain
3. Roger Federer, Switzerland
4. Stan Wawrinka, Switzerland
5. Rafael Nadal, Spain
6. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7. Kei Nishikori, Japan
8. David Ferrer, Spain
9. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France
10. John Isner, United States
11. Kevin Anderson, South Africa
12. Marin Cilic, Croatia
13. Milos Raonic, Canada
14. Gilles Simon, France
15. David Goffin, Belgium
16. Bernard Tomic, Australia
17. Benoit Paire, France
18. Feliciano Lopez, Spain
19. Dominic hiem, Austria
20. Fabio Fognini, Italy
21. Viktor Troicki, Serbia
22. Ivo Karlovic, Croatia
23. Gael Monfils, France
24. Roberto Bautista Agut, Spain
25. Jack Sock, United States
26. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Spain
27. Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria
28. Andreas Seppi, Italy
29. Nick Kyrgios, Australia
30. Jeremy Chardy, France
31. Steve Johnson, United States
32. Joao Sousa, Portugal