Latest 3 Jan 2012

Heineken Open just days away

Heineken Open just days away

Defending champion and world #5 David Ferrer leads the charge at the 2012 Heineken Open, which starts with the qualifying rounds on Saturday 7 January.

The two-time winner has come off his most successful year on the ATP, highlighted by his run to the Australian Open semifinals and a berth at the ATP World Tour Finals (where he beat world #1 Novak Djokovic). Ferrer also played a key role in helping Spain win the Davis Cup.

Ferrer is one of seven Spaniards playing in the main draw, with world #10 Nicolas Almagro, former top tenner Fernando Verdasco and former world #1 Juan Carlos Ferrero also entered.

Verdsaco is making his Auckland debut and the world #24 will be hoping to start the year on the right track with a strong run here.

Other new faces include two young Americans - Donald Young and Ryan Harrison. Young clocked  up some big wins in 2011 over Andy Murray and Gael Monfils and made his first career final. Harrison is one of two teens in the top 100.

To read about the players heading to Auckland, click here.