Jack Sock says he is looking forward to attempting to defend his title at the ASB Classic in Auckland next month.

Sock eyes Auckland defence

Sock eyes Auckland defence

Sock will head to the New Zealand tournament as part of his preparations for the Australian Open.

The American world number eight beat Portugal's Joao Sousa in last year's final and he is delighted with the chance to compete in the event again, having been handed a wildcard by organisers earlier in his career.

"I have great memories of playing in Auckland," the 25-year-old told The Stuff. "They were kind enough to give me a wildcard years ago when I was starting on tour, so I always feel Auckland is a special place for me.

"The centre court there is a blast to play on, the crowd is always enthusiastic and they're into the matches, so it's a fun tournament to play."

Sock will be the top seed in Auckland and is part of a star-studded field as Juan Martin del Potro, David Ferrer and compatriot Sam Querrey are all set to compete.