9 Jan 2017

Three kiwis in Classic singles as Tearney qualifies

8:47 am on 9 January 2017

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney has qualified for the men's singles draw at Auckland's ASB Classic which starts today.

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney.

New Zealand tennis player Finn Tearney. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The 26-year-old Tearney, who's ranked 494 in the world, takes on world number 59 Robin Haase of the Netherlands' in the first round this morning.

New Zealanders Michael Venus and Artem Sitak are also through to the main draw of the singles after they were given wildcards.

Venus, traditionally a doubles specialist, will face sixth seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, in the first round this evening.

Sitak takes on French journeyman Jeremy Chardy tomorrow.

Top seed in the men's draw is the defending champion from Spain Roberto Bautista Agut, followed by former champions John Isner of the United States and Spain's David Ferrer.

Number one seed and defending champion Roberto Bautista Agut.

Rounding out the top four seeds are big hitting American John Isner, four-time champion in Auckland David Ferrer and American Jack Sock.

The final wildcard has been given to flamboyant German, Dustin Brown.

Yesterday Spaniard Tommy Robredo and young American Taylor Fritz pulled out due to injury.