| Tennis News | Tuesday September 17 2013 18:29
The Heineken Open has gone with the safe and sure bet to headline January's tournament.
World number four David Ferrer has signed on to defend his title, and will be joined in the filed by Frenchman Gael Monfils.
Tournament director Karl Budge says to have the loyalty and support of Ferrer is significant.
He says Ferrer is very reliable, whereas a tournament like Sydney lost its main drawcard, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, to injury this year.
"David's that guy that turns up and is not only selling you tickets on Monday, he's selling you tickets on Saturday.
"He's the highest ranked player anywhere in the world playing in our week, so on those two fronts he's a guy that's in very high demand."
Monfils was given a wildcard this year, but will head to Auckland on his own merit next year.
Photo: David Ferrer with tournament director Karl Budge after winning the Heineken Open NZ Singles Finals (Photosport)