Commencing after the inaugural ATP Cup is the new combined ATP and WTA event, the Adelaide International held from January 12 with Novak Djokovic leading the ATP draw for the competition.
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Held in the newly constructed Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, the ATP event will feature some of the biggest players.
Leading the cohort is world no.2 Novak Djokovic who will return to Adelaide 13 years after he won the Next Generation Adelaide International held in 2007.
Djokovic has undoubtedly had a brilliant season in 2019 becoming the first man to win seven titles at the Australian Open tipping the odds in his favour next week in Adelaide. Djokovic’s form this season has been up to the mark with his 4-0 win record at the singles matches at the inaugural ATP Cup as he aided to bring Serbia into the semifinals of the tournament with his most recent victory over Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.
The multiple Grand Sam champion has an impressive 35-8 win-loss record on hard courts and factoring in his performances in Australian conditions over the years, the Serbian is surely the biggest frontrunner at the tournament.
Australia’s world no.1 at the tournament will be Alex de Minaur who has also performed in an exemplary manner at the ATP Cup.
The world no.18 player won his first title at Syndey last year subsequently picking up the titles in Atlanta and most recently in Zhuhai, all of which were on hard courts. Starting the year at 29, de Minaur reached the finals at the Swiss Indoors where he lost to Roger Federer and the Next Gen ATP Finals in Italy where he lost to Jannik Sinner.
The 20-year-old is currently playing for Australia at the ATP Cup where his pairing with Nick Kyrgios placed Australia in semifinal berth.
Next-Gen star Felix Auger-Aliassime is the third seed at the tournament. Since the 19-year-old has not yet won a title, Adelaide will be an opportunity for the youngster to finally achieve this long-awaited milestone.
Andrey Rublev, Pablo Carreno Busta, Taylor Frtiz, Christian Garin and Reilly Opelka will also be featured at the inaugural tournament ahead of the Australian Open. Daniel Evans, who defeated de Minaur in their quarterfinals encounter at the ATP Cup, will also be featured at the tournament.
Australia’s Jordan Thompson and Alexei Popryin have been awarded wildcards into the main draw.
Adelaide International Rally for Resilience, set to take place on January 12, will also raise funds for bushfire relief with tickets starting at $40 for adults. Simona Halep and Angelique Kerber will headline the event.