Djokovic, Murray, Azarenka, Kvitova and Sinner all to play at Adelaide International

Former world no.1, three-time Grand Slam champion and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray is set to compete in the ATP 250 Adelaide International which begins on New Year’s Day.

Djokovic, Azarenka, Kvitova and Italian wizard Sinner all are joining Murray over in Southern Australia in the hope of shedding any tennis rust in preparation for 2023.

Andy Murray At the US Open
Andy Murray plying his trade at the 2022 US Open

This will be the 35-year-old’s first appearance in Adelaide and Murray will want to start the year with a bang. “I’ll be starting the year in Australia, which I always really enjoy,” Murray said.

The best in the business will descend down upon Adelaide competing for more than $4 million AUD when Adelaide hosts back-to-back combined WTA 500 and ATP 250 tournaments from 1 to 14 January 2023.

Djokovic is set to hone his craft in Adelaide after this tennis schedule was updated, with the Serb hoping to bounce back after a troubling few years on tour.

Tennis acolytes rejoiced after hearing Djokovic would be allowed back into the country after an Australian visa was granted to the 21-time Grand Slam winner.

Italian starlet Jannik Sinner is also confirmed to do battle down under. At the ripe age of 21, Sinner is one of the youngest competitors on tour and has already chalked up 6 trophies since 2020.

“I can’t wait to start my year in Adelaide,” Sinner said.

“I have heard great things about the tournament, the city and the ease of the event. This is the perfect place to start my year.

Winner of two Australian Opens, WTA heavyweight Victoria Azarenka will be looking to start the year right competing in both tournaments alongside two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova. 

How Much Is Up For Grabs At Adelaide?

The winner will receive a whopping $41,800 which is a mammoth 114.4% increase from the previous year – while the runner-up will take home a generous $29,900. Semi-finalists bank $21,985 each and quarter-finalists receive $13,800.

Order of Play

  1. Sunday 1 January: • Day session – 11am start (Gates Open 5:00pm)
  2. Monday 2 January – Thursday 5 January: • Day session – 11am start (Gates Open 10am) • Night session – NB 6:30pm (Gates Open 5:00pm)
  3. Friday 6 January – Saturday 7 January: • Day session – 12pm start (Gates Open 11am) • Night session – NB 6:30pm (Gates Open 5:00pm)
  4. Sunday 8 January: • Twilight Session – 2pm (Gates Open 1pm) Session times: 9 – 14 January 2023
  5. Monday 9 January – Thursday 12 January: • Day session – 11am start (Gates Open 10am) • Night session – NB 6:30pm (Gates Open 5:00pm)
  6. Friday 13 January: • Day session – 12pm start (Gates Open 11am) • Night session – NB 6:30pm (Gates Open 5:00pm)
  7. Saturday 14 January: • Twilight Session – 2pm (Gates Open 1pm)

Who are last year’s champions?

French magician Gael Monfils emerged victorious here last year as he put Karen Khachanov to the sword in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. It was Monfils’ maiden ATP win in Australia and one to add to the Frenchman’s silverware haul.

Madison Keys steamrolled her fellow compatriot Alsion Riske 6-1, 6-2 in the final at Adelaide at the start of the year. The 27-year-old was in fine form after a torrid few years of injuries – securing the WTA title from fellow American Riske.

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