Wawrinka Australian Open 2020

Stan Wawrinka headlines strong field at the Murray River Open: All you need to know


The Murray River Open, one of the two warm-up events for the Australian Open, will be headlined by Stan Wawrinka and Grigor Dimitrov.

The event, handed a single-year license due to the pandemic, will feature a total of 56 players, with the top eight seeds given a bye to the second round.

Top seed Stan Wawrinka faces a difficult draw at the ATP 250 event, facing either Juan Ignacio Londero or Mikhail Kukushkin in his opener, before a potential clash with Richard Gasquet.

Also in the top quarter of the draw are sixth seed Taylor Fritz and 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic, who will open his campaign against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in an interesting first-round encounter.

Third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime will begin his season against Quentin Hayls or Yuichi Sugita before a potential battle with  Norwegian star Casper Ruud in the quarter-finals.

Also in the the top half of the draw is Nick Kyrgios, who is making his first appearance since Acapulco in February last year after a wrist injury and deciding not to play during the pandemic.

In the bottom half, second seed Grigor Dimitrov could get revenge against Tommy Paul in the third round after the American ousted Dimitrov in a five-set thriller at the Australian Open.

Where is the tournament held?

The tournament is played at Melbourne Park due to the Covid-19 secure bubble put in place ahead of the Australian Open.

What dates does the tournament run?

The tournament will run from 1 February – 7 February.

What court surface is the tournament played on?

The tournament is played on hard courts.

Wawrinka Australian Open 2020
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