The 2014 Australian Open starts Monday, Jan. 12, and one of the most exciting warm-up events is the Heineken Open from the ASB Tennis Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
This was the 39th edition of the tournament, and while the history of the event makes it memorable each year, the stacked field in 2014 had every tennis fan excited about the on-court battles.
With bona fide stars like David Ferrer, Tommy Haas and John Isner highlighting some of the most dangerous contenders, the action throughout the event and the matchups spawned was some of the best fans will enjoy all season.
The field was even more impressive before French star Gael Monfils was forced to pull out of the tournament due to fatigue, per Michael Brown of the Otago Daily Times. Monfils lost in the finals of the Qatar Open to Rafael Nadal on Saturday, Jan. 4.
The short turnaround—the Heineken Open started on Jan. 6—made the decision to withdraw from this event and focus on the Australian Open simple for the French athlete.
Despite the loss of Monfils, the talent remaining in the field was more than able to keep the fans entertained with plenty of elite on-court action.
There is no better way to prep for the first Grand Slam of the season than by winning the Heineken Open and building momentum, and that’s exactly what John Isner achieved.