Australian Open Training Camp kicks off at Melbourne Park
December 7, 2005
Over 30 top Australian players gathered at Melbourne Park today for the beginning of the Australian Open Training Camp.
Over the next week, they will be put through a gruelling training schedule under a hot Melbourne sun in preparation for a bumper summer of tennis on The Road to the Australian Open.
Some have direct entry into tournaments like the Moorilla Hobart International and the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourts, while others will have to fight for the right to compete in the qualifying events and main draws.
During the next week, these players will train with some of the country's best coaches including National High Performance Academy coaches Paul Kilderry, John McCurdy, Richard Fromberg and Head Coach Jason Stoltenberg.
Joining the camp are:
Men: Andrew Coelho, Luke Bourgeois, Andrew Derer, Raphael Durek, Adam Feeney, Chris Guccione, Nathan Healey, Stephen Huss, Alun Jones, Rameez Junaid, Sadik Kadir, Joel Kerley, Marc Kimmich, Nick Lindahl, Shannon Nettle, Joseph Sirianni, Robert Smeets.
Women: Monique Adamczak, Cassandra Barr, Lauren Breadmore, Holly Cao, Casey Dellacqua, Daniella Dominikovic, Jelena Dokic, Emily Hewson, Christina Horiatopoulos, Olivia Lukaszewicz, Shayna McDowell, Trudi Musgrave, Beti Sekulovski, Adriana Szili, Cindy Watson, Tiffany Welford, Christina Wheeler.
*Peter Luczak, Todd Reid, Samantha Stosur and Nicole Pratt will be joining the camp from Monday 12 December.
The camp will culminate in a play-off tournament for a coveted Australian Open main draw wildcard from December 16-19.
"It's nice to practise in a team," said former world No.4 Jelena Dokic, who has returned to Australia to play for the country she grew up in and represented from 1999 in Fed Cup.
"It's tougher practice and you get to practise with a lot of different people. It's a really good system."
Dokic said it would be difficult to win the Australian Open Wildcard Play-Off, acknowledging that many of her fellow Aussies had an equal chance.
"Everyone's out here to win the wildcard. I'm not too concerned about that. I have some practising to do before then."