The Apia International tournament is one of the last tuneups before the Australian Open, the year's first Grand Slam event. Not all of the top players are appearing in this year's event, but there are enough stars in action to give the winner some momentum heading into the Aussie Open.
Last year's winner on the women's side was Agnieszka Radwanska and she returned to defend her title as top seed.
The same privilege will be given to Juan Martin del Potro. He is the top seed on the men's side as last year's winner and Australian native, Bernard Tomic, comes into the tournament unranked.
He lost in the first round of four of his last tournaments in 2013. At the age of 21, Tomic still has time to regain the form he displayed early last year, but he needs to get off to a fast start.
Tomic caught some flak for celebrating his 21st birthday in a strip club—despite the woeful end to his season. He told Darren Walton of the Sydney Morning Herald:
Everyone has their off time. Some people use it differently than others. But I'm back into tennis now, back into tournaments, and this is something that is very important for me and I'm ready for the Australian summer and hopefully I can do better because each year I've started doing better and better in Australia.
How he plays in this tournament and throughout the month of January will say a lot about what can be expected of him this year.
Click here to see the full brackets for both sides of the draw, per ApiaInternational.com.
Stay tuned for daily scores and recaps of the action.