Kevin Anderson was on Thursday announced as fifth seed for the Australian Open while rising star Lloyd Harris got one step closer to qualifying for his second Grand Slam.
World number one and six-time champion Novak Djokovic will be the top seed in Melbourne and will be vying for his third consecutive Grand Slam and seventh Australian Open crown.
Anderson will be looking to become the first South African since Johan Kriek won back-to-back Australian Open crowns in 1981 and 1982 to win a Grand Slam title.
Injury-plagued Spaniard Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been named as second and third seeds respectively.
Harris beat Germany’s Dominik Koepfer 7-5, 6-3 after a slightly rocky start in which he lost his first service game.
But once the South African immediately bounced back breaking Koepfer in the second and 11th games of the first set.
The South African reached his first Grand Slam at the 2018 US Open winning his three qualifying matches without dropping a set.
The Capetonian suffered a 2-6 2-6 3-6 defeat to former world number six Gilles Simon of France in his opening match.
Meanwhile, Raven Klaasen and New Zealand doubles partner Michael Venus beat Argentinian Guido Pella and Portugal’s João Sousa 7-5, 6-3 to reach the semi-final at the Auckland Open.
Top-10 seeds at the 2019 Australian Open:
|SEED||MEN’S SINGLES||WOMEN’S SINGLES|
|1||Djokovic, Novak (SRB)||Halep, Simona (ROU)|
|2||Nadal, Rafael (ESP)||Kerber, Angelique (GER)|
|3||Federer, Roger (SUI)||Wozniacki, Caroline (DEN)|
|4||Zverev, Alexander (GER)||Osaka, Naomi (JPN)|
|5||Anderson, Kevin (RSA)||Stephens, Sloane (USA)|
|6||Cilic, Marin (CRO)||Svitolina, Elina (UKR)|
|7||Thiem, Dominic (AUT)||Pliskova, Karolina (CZE)|
|8||Nishikori, Kei (JPN)||Kvitova, Petra (CZE)|
|9||Isner, John (USA)||Bertens, Kiki (NED)|
|10||Khachanov, Karen (RUS)||Kasatkina, Daria (RUS)|