Novak's Australian Open mystery may be solved

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Eighteen of the world's top-ranked tennis players volition descend connected Sydney successful January for the ATP Cup, including Novak Djokovic.

At today's launch, it was revealed that Djokovic had committed to the Australian Open warm-up event, nevertheless Tennis Australia is yet to corroborate whether the satellite No.1 volition vie successful the expansive slam.

Djokovic's hopes of defending his Australian Open rubric stay nether a unreality of uncertainty with the Serbian repeatedly refusing to uncover his vaccine status, notwithstanding the mandate being enforced for the Melbourne-based tournament.

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MELBOURNE, Feb. 21, 2021 -- Serbia's Novak Djokovic returns a changeable during the men's singles last betwixt Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Russia's Daniil Medvedev astatine Australian Open successful Melbourne Park successful Melbourne, Australia, Feb. 21, 2021. (Photo by Bai Xuefei/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/Bai Xuefei via Getty Images) (Xinhua News Agency/Getty Images)

Australian doubles fable Todd Woodbridge was thrilled by the news, telling 2GB's Wide World of Sports vigor that Djokovic's attendance was a definite motion that helium would contention the Australian Open.

"He had the prime to participate oregon not participate truthful he's enactment his sanction connected the introduction database and that means you've got to judge that he's coming each the mode done the summer," Woodbridge said.

"That's bully for tennis, for Novak fans they'll beryllium rejoicing, and I deliberation besides for the Sydney fans.

"He knows each the authorities regulations astir the vaccination, truthful that means, you would think, that he's connected apical of it unless helium pulls thing that we're not expecting."

Sixteen countries with up to 5 representing players volition instrumentality portion successful the 3rd variation of the ATP Cup, with 4 groups announced astatine today's launch. The victor of each radical volition suffice for the semifinals.

Top players Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev were listed to header their respective countries.

Australia has qualified via a big wildcard with Alex De Minaur erstwhile again acceptable to pb the team. James Duckworth, Max Purcell, John Peers and Luke Saville circular of the remainder of the Aussie side.

Matches volition beryllium played successful Sydney Olympic Park, crossed Qudos Bank Arena and the Ken Rosewall Centre from New Year's Day.

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