Samantha Stosur and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga head the list of entries in the Australian Open warm-up Sydney International tournament.
Stosur, who will play a week earlier at the Brisbane International, said the competitive field made the Sydney event a key part of her Australian Open preparation.
"Every year the tournament is tough, the cut off is around 25 in the world so you really jump straight in the deep end there," Stosur said.
"Going into the first grand slam of the year you want to be playing the best in the world and that always happens in Sydney."
Tsonga hopes playing at Sydney can help him repeat the form of 2008 when he went from playing the warm-up event to reaching the final of the year's first major.
"For me it's very important to prepare well for the Australian Open," said Tsonga, who last played in the event in 2009.
"Playing the Sydney event provides great preparation.
"Right after in 2008 I played the final at the Australian Open."Tags: sport, tennis, sydney-2000 First posted October 10, 2012 11:00:21