Djokovic to start 2023 in Adelaide ahead of Australian Open Karolina Pliskova reuniting with Sascha Bajin Nadal, Alcaraz to meet in exhibition at Las Vegas in March


MELBOURNE, Australia. Novak Djokovic will start his 2023 campaign in Adelaide, preparing to challenge for the 10th Australian Open crown a year after his visa was revoked ahead of his title defense.

The 21-time big winner has received a visa from the Australian government and has been shortlisted for the Adelaide International starting on January 1st.

Serbia is not participating in the first United Cup tag team event, giving Djokovic the opportunity to compete in the regular warm-up tournaments ahead of the Australian Open on January 16-29.

He will be joined in the men’s draw in Adelaide by Russia’s Daniil Medvedev and Andrey Rublev, Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassim and Andy Murray.

Ons Zhaber, Arina Sobolenko will lead the women’s draw.

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles last month confirmed that Djokovic had been granted a visa to compete in Australia in January. The 35-year-old Serb faces a three-year ban after being deported last January over his stance against COVID-19 vaccinations.

Djokovic has won the Australian Open nine times, including the last three games. Rafael Nadal won the title this year in the absence of Djokovic.

Djokovic was not vaccinated against COVID-19 when he arrived in Melbourne ahead of the 2022 tournament, but Australia has since lifted its strict rules for unvaccinated travelers.

Two-time Grand Slam finalist Karolina Pliskova is reuniting with coach Sasha Bazhin ahead of the 2023 season.

Pliskova wrote on her website and on her Twitter account about the move, which came about six months after she and Bazhin stopped working together. The couple originally teamed up in November 2020.

While Bazhin was her coach, Pliskova reached the 2021 Wimbledon final before losing to champion Ash Barty. Pliskova was also a runner-up at the 2016 US Open where she defeated Serena Williams in the semi-finals before losing to Angelique Kerber for the trophy.

After leaving Bain in July, Pliskova was coached by Leos Friedl. Their combined results included a quarter-final at the US Open.

Bazhin has worked as a coach or hitting partner with several top tennis players, including Grand Slam winners Williams, Naomi Osaka, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

“Thank you for bringing me back,” Bazhin wrote on Twitter. “Let’s go get it.”

Pliskova is a 30-year-old Czech representative who took first place in the WTA rankings in 2017 and finished this season in 31st place after 21-21 without titles.

Her team also includes fitness specialist Jez Green and physical therapist Martin Salvador.

The first Grand Slam next year, the Australian Open, starts on January 16th.

LAS VEGAS — Rafael Nadal and Carlos Alcaraz will resume their age-old rivalry in an exhibition match in Las Vegas on March 5.

Nadal, 36, holds a record 22 men’s Grand Slam titles, including two in 2022 at the Australian Open in January and the French Open in June, while Alcaraz, 19, won his first major trophy at the US Open in September.

Two Spaniards have finished 1-2 in the ATP rankings this year: Alcaraz is the youngest person to place first and Nadal is the oldest runner-up. They are also the first two compatriots to top the men’s rankings. after Americans Pete Sampras and Michael Chang in 1996.

The match, advertised in boxing style as “The Slam: Nadal vs. Alcaraz” will take place at the MGM Grand Garden.

Nadal and Alcaraz have played each other three times in official tournaments, all in Masters 1000 tournaments. Nadal leads 2-1, with Alcaraz winning their last meeting in May on red clay in Madrid.