After being confirmed as a member of a strong field to participate starting on January 1st, 21-time major winner Novak Djokovic will launch his Australian Open attack at the Adelaide International. The Serb, who was held and then deported by officials earlier this year before the Australian Open, will be permitted to enter the nation after receiving a visa from the Australian government.
Due to Serbia’s failure to qualify for the teams competition, the world No. 5 will not participate in the first United Cup and will instead begin the season at The Drive in Adelaide.
Along with Andy Murray, who has won Wimbledon twice, other players include world No. 6 Felix Auger-Aliassime, No. 7 Daniil Medvedev, No. 8 Andrey Rublev, No. 15 Jannik Sinner, and No. Ons Jabeur, Aryna Sabalenka, Daria Kasatkina, and Veronika Kudermetova, four of the top 10 women in the world, will participate in the combined WTA 500 and ATP 250 competition.
When play gets underway at Melbourne Park on January 16, Djokovic will aim for his 10th Australian Open success and record-tying 22nd grand slam triumph. However, they will first have to overcome Carlos Alcaraz, a 19-year-old Spanish player who finished the year as the youngest-ever world No. 1.
The 35-year-old Djokovic won the season-ending ATP Finals in December and is now vying for his 22nd Grand Slam victory, which would tie him with Rafael Nadal of Spain, who won the championship in Melbourne at the beginning of this year. The Australian Open starts in 15 days.
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