The field is set for the 2005 KOOYONG CLASSIC.
Triple 2004 Grand Slam winner, current Masters Champion and world no. 1, ROGER FEDERER (SUI), heads the elite eight-man line-up.
Federer will use his three Kooyong matches as preparation to defend his 04 Australian Open title. Apart from his other Grand Slam victories at Wimbledon and the US Open, Federer has won seven additional titles this year - Indian Wells Tennis Masters Series, Bangkok, Montreal/Toronto, Halle, Hamburg TMS, Dubai and Gstaad.
American ANDY RODDICK (USA - ranked 2) returns to Kooyong after competing for the first time last January. Roddick has had a solid year winning four tournaments - Miami TMS, London/Queens Club, San Jose and Indianapolis.
Brit TIM HENMAN (GBR - 7) returns to Kooyong for the second time. He made a strong recovery from shoulder surgery last year to climb back into the top ten and make the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston this week. He was a finalist at Indian Wells TMS and semi-finalist at Roland Garros, Rotterdam, US Open and Doha.
ANDRE AGASSI (USA - 8) will make a record eighth Kooyong appearance. He has played the event seven times, winning on three occasions, after each of which he went on to win the Australian Open. He has had a solid year, with one win in Cincinatti TMS and semi-final appearances in Indian Wells TMS, Washington, San Jose and the Australian Open.
Last January's winner over Andre Agassi, DAVID NALBANDIAN (ARG - 9), is keen to return to Kooyong to defend his title. Nalbandian was a semi-finalist at Roland Garros and finalist at the Rome Master Series tournament.
French Open winner GASTON GAUDIO (ARG - 10 ) will be a first time Kooyong participant. Gaudio is playing in the Tennis Masters Cup this week and was a finalist in Stuttgart, Barcelona, Kitzbuhel and Bastad this year.
NICOLAS MASSU (CHI - 18) will be welcomed to Kooyong for the first time after Gold Medal wins in both singles and doubles this year at the Athens Olympics. He won in Kitzbuhel and participated in the World Teams Championships' victory in Dusseldorf.
Popular Thai PARADORN SRICHAPHAN (THA - 27) will also make his Kooyong debut after working his way up the rankings this year. He was a winner at Nottingham, finalist in Chennai and semi-finalist in Bangkok, Long Island and Beijing.
The KOOYONG CLASSIC will take place from Wednesday, January 12 to Saturday, January 15. Four matches will be played on the Wednesday, three on both Thursday and Friday, with the two finals on Saturday. Play starts at 11.00 am Wednesday to Friday and 1.30 pm on Saturday.
The Classic has formed a partnership with TENNIS VICTORIA and the two parties have been working closely throughout the year. Tennis Victoria will have a presence at Kooyong throughout the four days.
"This is probably our best field ever" said Tournament Director, Colin Stubs. "I will be delighted and privileged to welcome the above eight players to Kooyong next January. It's great that Andre, Roger, Andy, David and Tim have decided to return. They will be strongly supported by our new-comers Gaston Gaudio, Nicolas Massu and Paradorn Srichaphan" he added.
The event will be nationally televised by the Seven Network.
Kooyong Classic tickets are available from Ticketmaster7 on 1300 136122 or online