World number two Novak Djokovic will play in the inaugural Adelaide International tennis competition in January ahead of his Australian Open title defense, tournament organizers said on Wednesday.
Djokovic will start his competitive preparation for the new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from December 19-21, before representing Serbia in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in early January.
The 32-year-old Serb, who beat Rafa Nadal to claim a record seventh Australian Open title earlier this year, will then arrive in Adelaide for the combined WTA and ATP tournament from Jan. 12-18.
The women’s field will feature American seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, alongside world number one Ash Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens.
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