German Number 1 returns to ASB Classic
ASB Classic organisers are thrilled that Auckland regular and 2008 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber will join the new look tournament in 2016.
The 32-year old has progressed in Auckland to quarter-finals in 2004, 2007 and 2011, semi-finals in 2010 and 2012 and he finished runner-up to David Ferrer in 2013. Kohlschreiber has a special place in his heart for Auckland as it is where he reached his first ATP quarter-final and won his second career title in 2008.
After deciding to change his schedule for the first time in 2015 to play the Sydney event, it is pleasing to see the popular right hander back in Auckland. Tournament Director Karl Budge is happy to welcome Kohlschreiber back to the ASB Classic “It's great to have Philipp back in Auckland. He is a guy that has played exceptionally well here and you know he will be there or there abouts at the back end of the week”.
The German has regularly been one of the protected seeds at the tournament however such is the strength of the 2016 field, organisers are predicting that Kohlschreiber may not be one of the top eight players.
“The depth we are building in our Men’s field is unreal. I think we are comfortably going to have all of our top eight seeds inside the world’s top 30” continued Budge.
Auckland’s ASB Tennis Arena will host the ASB Classic from 4 to 16 January 2016.