Australian Bernard Tomic will play the Brisbane International as he pushes hard to break into the top-10 in the world in 2016.
The current world No.18 has made a late decision to play in Brisbane after initially planing on starting his summer of tennis at the Sydney International.
“This season in Australia is when I want to focus on doing well and maybe after that I can be in the top 12 or 13,’’ Tomic told The Courier-Mail.
“It’s tough for me to make rankings points in Brisbane. I’d preferred to get ready in Sydney, but in the end I felt like playing Brisbane because it’s near my house.
“If I play well in Australia, it may be four months (before reaching the top 10). I learnt a lot this year and it’s very close.
“It’s a tough field in Brisbane, but I can prepare and give that week a shot.’’
Tomic reached an equal career best fourth round in the 2015 Australian Open.