Gael Monfils will look to capture his 11th ATP Tour title next week at the Adelaide International 1, but may need to beat the likes of Karen Khachanov, Marin Cilic and Frances Tiafoe. The ATP 250 event begins on 3 January.
Monfils, the top seed at the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, will face Juan Manuel Cerundolo or Alex Bolt in his first match of the 2022 ATP Tour season. The charismatic French star may then face sixth seed Tommy Paul, who won the Stockholm Open title in November, or #NextGenATP star Lorenzo Musetti. Monfils beat Musetti 7-6(2), 6-4 in a hard-fought Vienna clash in October.
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Second seed Khachanov, who last lifted a trophy at the 2018 Rolex Paris Masters, comes up against Steve Johnson or Aleksandar Vukic in the second round and also has Cilic, fifth seed Marton Fucsovics and seventh seed Laslo Djere in the bottom half of the draw. Third seed Cilic clinched the Stuttgart and St. Petersburg crowns last year and faces Thiago Monteiro or Daniel Altmaier in the Adelaide second round.
In a standout first-round encounter, John Millman will challenge fellow Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis for the first time at tour-level. The winner will play fourth seed Tiafoe.
Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo, and Sander Gille and Joran Vliegen headline the doubles field in Adelaide.