Djokovic to start 2023 in Adelaide before Australian Open

SportsTennisDjokovic to start 2023 in Adelaide before Australian Open
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Former world number one tennis player Novak Djokovic will start his 2023 campaign in Adelaide.

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His visa was revoked on the eve of the Australian Open last year when he was the defending champion.

Djokovic, a 21-time Grand Slam winner, has been granted a visa by the Australian government and his name is on the list of players to play in the Adelaide International starting on January 1.

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Serbia is not taking part in the first United Cup team event, leaving Djokovic free to play in a warm-up tournament in Adelaide ahead of the January 16-29 Australian Open.

In the men’s draw in Adelaide, they will face challenge from Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev of Russia, Felix Auger-Eliassime and Andy Murray of Canada.

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Immigration Minister Andrew Giles confirmed last month that Djokovic has been granted a visa to compete in Australia in January.

The Serbian player could be banned for up to three years after being deported in January last year over his stand against Covid-19 vaccinations.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open a record nine times. He was successful in winning the title in the last three times he played here. In his absence, Rafael Nadal won the title this year.

Djokovic did not get a Covid-19 vaccination before arriving in Melbourne ahead of the 2022 tournament but Australia has since lifted stricter rules for unvaccinated travellers.

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