Kyrgios, Barty confirmed for Brisbane

Tournament director Geoff Quinlan has backed Nick Kyrgios to thrive at the Brisbane International after confirming the Australian star will play in the 2018 event.

Nick Kyrgios has been backed to thrive when he plays at the 2018 Brisbane International.

Nick Kyrgios has been backed to thrive when he plays at the 2018 Brisbane International.

Quinlan said it was too early to comment on Kyrgios' behaviour at the Shanghai Masters where he quit after losing the first set against American Steve Johnson.

Kyrgios later claimed he was both injured and ill despite television footage and audio capturing the Australian telling his courtside box he'd quit after the first set in an apparent protest at chair umpire Fergus Murphy.

Kyrgios is officially being investigated over the incident but Quinlan would not speculate on any potential risk of the Australian missing the Brisbane International due to suspension.

"With respect to last night, it's too early to comment," Quinlan said.

"I don't have much more news than you have.

"(But) we are thrilled for Nick to be joining us.

"He's one of the most talented players on tour and played well here with the Davis Cup team."

Kyrgios won the reverse singles rubber that sealed Australia's Davis Cup quarter-final victory over the United States at Brisbane's Pat Rafter Arena in April.

Quinlan believed that experience would help bring the best out of Kyrgios in Brisbane next year.

"He spoke about how much he enjoyed his time here, how he liked the intimacy of the arena, how comfortable he is in Brisbane and just rudimentary things like the pace of the court," Quinlan said.

Quinlan also confirmed Australian Ash Barty - at a career high world No.23 ranking - would contest the 2018 tournament.

He also left the door open for Serena Williams after the 23-time grand slam winner confirmed she would defend her Australian Open title in January despite giving birth to her first child last month.

Williams won the Brisbane tournament in 2013 and 2014.

Quinlan said he had already begun talks with the 36-year-old to use the Brisbane event as her Australian Open warm-up.

"It would be amazing," Quinlan said of Williams' return to Brisbane.

"Serena is more than welcome here. The door is wide open."

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