Australian Ben Mitchell has plenty of incentive to win his first-round match at the Brisbane International, with a clash against defending champion Roger Federer his reward for success.

Mitchell, who was awarded a wildcard for the event that starts tomorrow, is one of a number of Aussies in the men's draw.

Bernard Tomic will fancy his chances against Frenchman Nicolas Mahut, while James Duckworth is likely to find it tough going against eighth seed Dominic Thiem.

Big-serving Sam Groth plays Hyeon Chung and JPSmith drew Denis Kudla.

In the tie of the opening round, Frenchman Gilles Simon takes on the flamboyant Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, while there are byes for Federer, Kei Nishikori, Marin Cilic and Milos Raonic.

Unlike the men, only the top two women's seeds, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza, received byes into the second round of the tournament.

No.3 seed Maria Sharapova faces a tough opening tie against 2015 Australian Open semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova, while Angelique Kerber will also have a tricky opponent in play Italian Camila Giorgi.

Two-time Australian Open winner Victoria Azarenka faces a qualifier in the opening round and is likely to meet Halep in round two.

US Open finalist Roberta Vinci will take on former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic and rising star Belinda Bencic is up against Sara Errani.

The Aussie women had mixed results from the draw.

Sam Stosur will play a qualifier, while Ajla Tomljanovic will face a difficult match against world No.13 Carla Suarez Navarro.
 



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