Novak Djokovic will begin his bid to win his 10th Australian Open title at the Adelaide International, organizers said on Wednesday, after the Serbian was granted a visa to enter the country.
The world number five missed the opening Grand Slam of 2022 when he was deported over a vaccine status following a risky legal battle.
Australia has since lifted the requirement for visitors to present proof of a Covid vaccination and his three-year ban was lifted by the government in November.
Djokovic said at the time it was a “relieve”.
“The Australian Open is my most successful Grand Slam.” he added. “I made some of the best memories there.”
Djokovic will face a strong court January 1-8, which will feature Felix Auger-Aliassime, Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, ranked sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, alongside the two-time Wimbledon champion times Andy Murray.
His longtime rival Rafael Nadal, the defending Australian Open champion, will instead use the United Cup, a new mixed team event in Perth, Brisbane and Sydney, to warm up to the Grand Slam.
Four of the world’s top 10 women’s tennis players will start the new year in Adelaide, with second-place Ons Jabeur, world number five Aryna Sabalenka, world number eight Daria Kasatkina and world number nine Veronika Kudermetova all participating. family.
The field also includes two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, 2022 Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and Grand Slam winners Bianca Andreescu and Jelena Ostapenko.
Tournament director Alistair MacDonald said: “We are delighted to confirm such a world-class squad in the first week of the Adelaide Internationals,” said tournament director Alistair MacDonald when announcing the team. image for the ATP-WTA event.
The Australian Open takes place at Melbourne Park from January 16 to 29.
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