Novak will play in the exhibition tournament “World Tennis League” in Dubai from 19 to 24 December, where he will team up with Grigor Dimitrov, Aryna Sabalenka and Paula Badosa for The Falcons team.

Each session will feature a men’s and women’s singles match, as well as a mixed doubles showdown.

18 players in four teams will compete round-robin format for a place in the final on December 24.

The four teams are: The Kites, The Hawks, The Falcons, The Eagles.

Schedule of Novak’s matches:
December 20: Novak Djokovic vs Alexander Zverev (Germany)
December 21: Novak Djokovic vs Nick Kyrgios (Australia)
December 23: Novak Djokovic vs Felix Auger-Aliassime (Canada)

“This new event is exciting, there’s no doubt about it,” said Djokovic. “I absolutely love playing in Dubai, I’ve had a lot of success there over the years and really enjoy the fans. This is something different, and it’s going to be great being a part of it.”

Novak will make his return to Australian soil in Adelaide (ATP 250). Four of the world’s top 10 players will contest the Adelaide International 1 at The Drive from 1 to 8 January, 2023. In 2007, the best Serbian tennis player beat Australian Chris Guccione 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to win the Adelaide International tennis tournament.

The first Grand Slam event in 2023 will take place in Melbourne from January 16 to January 29. Novak lifted the Australian Open trophy for an unprecedented ninth time in 2021, following a 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 victory over Daniil Medvedev in the final. He missed the 2022 edition due to the COVID-19-related Australian border restrictions.

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