Innovative Novak Djokovic warms up for Australian Open

Updated: Dec 21, 2017, 09:57 IST | AFP

Former world number one Novak Djokovic will warm-up for a tilt at a record seventh Australian Open crown by playing in an innovative quickfire event at the Melbourne venue

Former world number one Novak Djokovic will warm-up for a tilt at a record seventh Australian Open crown by playing in an innovative quickfire event at the Melbourne venue. Djokovic, who has been sidelined since July with a right elbow injury, is making his long-awaited return to the game at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi from December 28-30.

Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic

The Serbian world number 12 and volatile Australian Nick Kyrgios will headline the eight-man Tie Break Tens tournament at Margaret Court Arena at Melbourne Park on January 10. Each match will last for one tiebreak, with the first player to 10 points winning. The Australian debut of the novel format comes after three previous events in London, Vienna and Madrid. Kyrgios, who brought an early end to his season in October because of a long-standing hip injury, said the tournament "really suits my game style".

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