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Djokovic to fine-tune for Open in Adelaide

World number two Novak Djokovic will play in the inaugural Adelaide International tennis competition in January ahead of his Australian Open title defence, tournament organisers said on Wednesday.

Djokovic will start his competitive preparation for the new season at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi from December 19-21, before representing Serbia in the inaugural ATP Cup in Australia in early January.

Novak Djokovic will prepare for his Australian Open title defence in Adelaide.

Novak Djokovic will prepare for his Australian Open title defence in Adelaide.Credit:Getty Images

The 32-year-old Serb, who beat Rafael Nadal to claim a record seventh Australian Open title earlier this year, will then arrive in Adelaide for the combined WTA and ATP tournament from January 12-18.

The women’s field will feature American seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams, alongside world number one Ashleigh Barty, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens.

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