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Australian Open 2016: Lleyton Hewitt begins with clash against fellow Australian

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Lleyton Hewitt's farewell Australian Open will begin with a clash against fellow Australian James Duckworth.

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Meanwhile Australian seeds Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic were both dealt tricky paths to the quarter-finals as the draw for the 2016 Australian Open took place at Melbourne Park on Friday morning.

Hewitt, 34, drew compatriot and fellow wildcard Duckworth in first round of what is the dual grand slam champion's 20th and final appearance at the event. Should he progress, Hewitt is likely to meet eighth seed and former French Open finalist David Ferrer of Spain in the second round

Tomic, seeded 16, meets Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin in the first round, but is due to meet second seed Andy Murray should both men make it to the fourth round.

Firebrand Kyrgios, the 29th seed, faces Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta to open his open, but could meet sixth-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych in the last 32.


Other features of the first round include matches between former finalists Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Marcos Baghdatis, and a re-match of the epic 2009 semi-final between Spaniards Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. Nadal, seeded fifth, will meet his conqueror from the 2014 final - Stan Wawrinka - if both men make it to the quarter-final stage.

Defending champions and top women's seed Serena Williams was given a difficult draw, seeded to play former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki in the round of 16, before a potential re-match of last year's final against Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final. A winner of 21 Grand Slam singles titles, Williams' wasn't dealt any favours in the first round either, with her opponent - Italy's Camila Giorgi - the highest-ranked non-seed in the women's draw.

Australian Samantha Stosur, seeded 25, faces a qualifier in the first round, but could face the player who beat her at this week's Sydney International - Puerto Rico's Monica Puig - in the second round. Should she progress from there, Stosur would face the fourth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in the round of 32.



Omar Jasika v Ilya Marchenko (UKR)

29-Nick Kyrgios v Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)

Lleyton Hewitt v James Duckworth

Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) v Jordan Thompson

Matthew Ebden v Marcel Granollers (ESP)

16-Bernard Tomic v Denis Istomin (UZB)

John Millman v Diego Schwartzman (ARG)

Adrian Mannarino (FRA) v Sam Groth


Ajla Tomljanovic v Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR)

Daria Gavrilova v Lucie Hradecka (CZE)

Storm Sanders v Alexandra Dulgheru (ROM)

Priscilla Hon  v Annika Beck (GER)

Qualifier v 25-Samantha Stosur

21-Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) v Maddison Inglis

Kimberly Birrell v 9-Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

Qualifier v Jarmila Wolfe

Tammi Patterson v 20-Ana Ivanovic (SRB)

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