Barton joins Aussie tennis crew in Sydney

Matthew Barton has ensured Australia will have four men to fly the flag at the Sydney International after winning his final qualifying match at Homebush.

The world No.196 defeated Mathias Bourgue 6-6 6-1 on Sunday to join Jordan Thompson, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Alex De Minaur at the Australian Open warm-up event.

Another qualifier, world No.237 Christopher O’Connell, could make it a five-man contingent if he defeats Spaniard Enrique Lopez-Perez later on Sunday.

The Sydney-born Barton made headlines after progressing to the second round of the 2016 Wimbledon tournament in what was the 25-year-old’s grand slam debut.

At least one Australian will progress to the second round after doubles partners Thompson and Kokkinakis, who play in a doubles final in Brisbane on Sunday night, face off in round one.

The match will be the 20-year-old Kokkinakis’ first in 15 months after spending the majority of 2016 on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

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