Both the men’s and women’s draw are headed by international guests for the tournament. Most notably, Paul Coll from New Zealand is seeded first in the men’s draw with a world ranking of 34 (at time of draw publication). Paul Coll was an unseeded entrant to the 2015 Open, and defeated top seed and crowd favourite, Cameron Pilley to claim the title. Coll returns this year aiming to replicate his previous success in 2015. On Coll’s heels is Campbell Grayson, a fellow Kiwi who is seeded second. In third seed for the tournament is Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi from Qatar who is ranked 47th in the world. Englishman Joe Lee is ranked fourth ahead of Aussie Rex Hedrick, who rounds out the top five.
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu from India is seeded sixth and will be playing in the Victorian Open in the lead up to the Australian Open. Seventh seed in Swiss entrant Reiko Peter followed by Joel Makin of Wales to complete the top 8 seeds for the men’s draw.
Leading the way in the women’s draw is Dipika Pallikal from India, the competitions only seed who is ranked in the world’s top 20. Donna Urquhart (AUS) follows in second. Liu Tsz-Ling from Hong Kong is seeded third as world number 31 and is followed closely by world number 37, Millie Tomlinson (ENG) who has been preparing for the tournament by competing in the Bendigo and Victorian tournaments in the weeks beforehand. Christine Nunn (AUS) is seeded fifth, ahead of Nele Gilis from Belgium who is competing in her first Australian Open. Seventh seed see’s Misaki Kobayashi from Japan claiming the spot and Mayar Hany from Egypt rounding up the top 8 seeds for the 2016 Australian Open.