Strong line-up for Auckland ATP tournament

18:33, Dec 06 2013
John Isner
ON HIS WAY: American John Isner is one of many stars gracing the Auckland stage early next year.

Spain's Tommy Robredo, German Philipp Kohlschreiber and Frenchman Benoit Paire have been announced to play at Auckland's ATP men's tennis tournament next year.

The trio, ranked 18, 22 and 26 in the world respectively, join fellow big names David Ferrer (3), Tommy Haas (12), John Isner (14) and Kevin Anderson (20) for the tournament which takes place from January 6 to 11. 

Frenchman Gael Monfils (31) will also take part, while Greek Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, a fan favourite on the ATP tour, also joins the field as a wildcard.

Robredo, who has played at the Auckland tournament three times before, reached the quarterfinals of the French and US Opens this year, as well as the third round at Wimbledon.

Kolschreiber, meanwhile, will return in an attempt to win the tournament after losing the 2013 final to Ferrer.

"To have a field featuring five players in the world's top 20 is an outstanding success,'' tournament director Karl Budge said.

"The addition of Marcos Baghdatis joining Frenchman Gael Monfils means we will have two of the best entertainers in world tennis headlining our Monday and Tuesday sessions.''

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