Del Potro slated for Australian Open


While Azarenka won’t feature at the event she won back-to-back in 2012-13, veteran Russian and two-time semi-finalist Vera Zvonareva re-enters the big time with a protected ranking of 78.

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Four other women will join Zvonareva in the field on protected rankings, with American Catherine Bellis, Ukraine’s Kateryna Bondarenko, Great Britain’s Katie Boulter and Slovakia’s Anna Karolina Schmiedlova all returning to grand slam competition.

World No.2 Novak Djokovic will be gunning for an eighth Australian Open title with the world’s top 10 men’s players, including world No.1 Rafael Nadal and 20-time major winner Roger Federer, set to feature at Melbourne Park.

Australia will have at least five in the main draw – world No.18 Alex de Minaur,  Nick Krygios, John Millman, Jordan Thompson and Alexei Popyrin – but much hope fill rest on the shoulders of the women’s world No.1, Queenslander Ashleigh Barty.



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