Tennis Australia announced it Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic will go head to head In an exhibition match on the Friday night before the Australian Open, they revealed that they would be selling tickets for the event. It emerged last week that Djokovic had offered to play Kyrgios in a training match after the Australian Withdrew from the Home Nations Cup and Adelaide Internationals with an ankle injury.
Kyrgios will head into the Australian Open without playing a singles match on tour level since October. However, Djokovic came to the Australian’s aid and offered him some much-needed match practice.
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On Monday, Tennis Australia coach Craig Tiley revealed that Kyrgios and Djokovic will play Friday night in an “extraordinary” exhibition match. Tickets for the match will be sold at Rod Laver Arena, and all proceeds will go to charity.
It will be Djokovic’s first match at Melbourne Park since he missed the 2022 Australian Open when he was deported. Speaking after winning the Adelaide International on Sunday night, the Serbian superstar said he had no ill intentions towards Australia.
Tiley said he hopes the feelings from fans can be reciprocated. “He really enjoyed the experience in South Australia and was made welcome…he loved it there,” said Tilley.
“I love that our fans are fans of the sport and are among the most educated and appreciate greatness. They appreciate players like Novak who have won this event nine times. Novak is back and I am very confident that the Melbourne fans – similar to the experience he had in Adelaide – will be just as the quality “.
Kyrgios has a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Djokovic in three career meetings on tour. But Djokovic denied Kyrgios his first Grand Slam title in last year’s Wimbledon final.
Meanwhile, the Kooying Classic tournament manager He also revealed on Sunday that he would be happy to find a match for Kyrgios if the Australian No. 1 wanted to play. “We still hold a candle to Nick,” Peter Johnston told the AAP. “It couldn’t be a more ideal place for him if he wants a big shot ahead of the World Open.”
“There’s always room for Nick. And don’t forget Novak (Djokovic). We already have a very strong squad but Novak is welcome too.”
Novak Djokovic is in good shape ahead of the Australian Open
Djokovic defeated Sebastian Korda in the final in Adelaide Sunday evening, achieving his 34th consecutive win in Australia. The last time he lost in the country was in 2018 when he fell to Hyun Chung in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park.
The world No. 5 said the tournament was the perfect preparation for the first major of the year. “Absolutely. Five great matches,” said Djokovic.
“The second round was 7-6, 7-6 — two tough tiebreakers against (Quentin) Halys, who is playing really well. Then I had (Denis) Shapovalov, (Daniil) Medvedev and Korda, who is playing some high-level tennis, and he hit the ball really well. amazing.
“I couldn’t have asked for better preparation and the lead-up to the Australian Open. I have a week off to recover now and work on specific things in terms of my game, my body, and getting my mind in the right state for the best – five weeks and a long two weeks hopefully.”
The Serbian star has put his relay saga behind him and set his sights on a 10th Australian Open title, which would see him equal Rafa Nadal’s 22nd career grand slam.
He said, “I don’t hold any grudges.” “I told you I had a lot of positive experiences in Australia to throw away just because of what happened last year.
“I feel very comfortable with people, regular people, who follow sports, that I encounter on a daily basis. I haven’t had any negative experience yet. So everyone I’ve met, whether it’s in town or in the woods — I’ve actually met quite a few Kangaroos too, and I got to talk to them – everyone was so kind and so supportive.”
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