Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Eighteen of the world’s top-ranked tennis players come to Sydney in 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, but Tennis Australia has not yet confirmed whether the world’s No. 1 will compete in the grand slam.

Djokovic’s hopes of defending his Australian Open title remain under a cloud of uncertainty, with the Serb repeatedly refusing to reveal his vaccine status, despite the mandate enforced for the Melbourne-based tournament.

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Australian doubles legend Todd Woodbridge was thrilled with the news and told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio that Djokovic’s participation was a sure sign that he would compete in the Australian Open.

“He had the choice to attend or not, so he’s put his name on the sign-up list, and that means you have to believe he’s coming all the way through the summer,” Woodbridge said.

“It’s good for tennis, for Novak fans they will rejoice and I think for Sydney fans too.

“He knows all the public rules about vaccination, so that means one would think he’s on top of it unless he pulls something that we do not expect.”

Sixteen countries with up to five representative players will take part in the third edition of the ATP Cup, with four groups announced at today’s launch. The winner of each group qualifies for the semifinals.

Top players Daniil Medvedev, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev were listed as headlines in their respective countries.

Australia have qualified via a host wildcard, with Alex De Minaur once again set to lead the team. James Duckworth, Max Purcell, John Peers and Luke Saville round out the rest of the Australian side.

The matches will be played in Sydney Olympic Park, across from Qudos Bank Arena and Ken Rosewall Center from New Year’s Day.

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