Retiring Australian star Lleyton Hewitt will play countryman James Duckworth in the first round of his 20th and final Australian Open.
Hewitt, who announced last year that 2016 would be his final campaign
at Melbourne Park, was drawn against the 23-year-old Duckworth.
a dream first round for the event that Hewitt and Duckworth match up,"
Tennis Australia chief executive and tournament director Craig Tiley
Both players received wildcards into the main draw and the
winner of the encounter is likely to face the daunting task of meeting
eighth seed David Ferrer in the second round.
seed and highest-ranked player, Bernard Tomic, was drawn against Uzbek
veteran Denis Istomin first up, while 29th seed Nick Kyrgios will play
world number 67 Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain.
The big-serving Sam
Groth will face a stern test if he can get past Frenchman Adrian
Mannarino, with world number two Andy Murray looming in the second
Top seed and reigning champion Novak Djokovic will start
his push for a sixth Australian title against 51st-ranked South Korean
Hyeon Chung, while third seed Roger Federer's first match will be
against Georgian world number 117 Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Fifth seed Rafael Nadal's opener will be a rematch of the epic 2009 semi-final against Fernando Verdasco.
On the women's side of the draw, Samantha Stosur, seeded 25th in Melbourne, will meet a qualifier in the first round.
could run into Monica Puig, the Puerto Rican who knocked the 2011 US
Open champion out of the Sydney International this week, in round two
and then fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in round three.
number two Daria Gavrilova faces Lucie Hradecka in her opener and could
strike Czech sixth seed Petra Kvitova in the second round.
World number one and defending champion Serena Williams will launch her quest for a seventh title against Italian Camila Giorgi.