Djokovic provides Adelaide occasion to Australian Open preparations


FILE PHOTO: Tennis – Davis Cup Finals – Quarter-Closing – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – November 22, 2019 Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in motion throughout his doubles match towards Russia’s Andrey Rublev and Karen Khachanov Information/Susana Vera

(Information) – World quantity two Novak Djokovic will play within the inaugural Adelaide Worldwide tennis competitors in January forward of his Australian Open title protection, match organizers mentioned on Wednesday.

Djokovic will begin his aggressive preparation for the brand new season on the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from Dec. 19-21, earlier than representing Serbia within the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in early January.

The 32-year-old Serb, who beat Rafa Nadal to assert a document seventh Australian Open title earlier this 12 months, will then arrive in Adelaide for the mixed WTA and ATP match from Jan. 12-18.

The ladies’s discipline will characteristic American seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, alongside world primary Ash Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens.

“Novak and Venus are amongst the all-time greats of our sport and we will’t wait to see them proper right here in Adelaide,” match director Alistair MacDonald mentioned in an announcement.

The Australian Open, the 12 months’s first grand slam, might be held at Melbourne Park from Jan. 20-Feb 2.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; enhancing by Richard Pullin