Sport Nadal, Djokovic, Tomic a boost for Kooyong

06:35  07 january  2018
06:35  07 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Djokovic to return to action before Australian Open

  Djokovic to return to action before Australian Open Novak Djokovic is finally set to return to action next week after six months out with an elbow injury and will then decide whether to take part in the Jan 15-28 Australian Open. "After pulling out from Abu Dhabi and ATP Doha events due to pain in his right elbow, Novak is travelling to Australia where he will take part in two exhibition tournaments," said a statement on Djokovic's website (www.novakdjokovic.com)."After the two events, a decision will be made about his participation at the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, where Novak has been crowned champion six times.

Joining Nadal , Djokovic and Tomic at Kooyong are world No.5 Dominic Thiem, No.6 Maric Cilic, No.7 David Goffin and No.10 Pablo Carreno Busta, plus last year's US Open finalist Kevin Anderson.

Joining Nadal , Djokovic and Tomic is an armada of the world’s best players including two-time Kooyong champion David Goffin (Belgium) who made the final of the ATP Tour Finals after defeating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Bernard Tomic is a late addition to Kooyong Classic.© Atsushi Tomura/Getty Images Bernard Tomic is a late addition to Kooyong Classic. Often of limited interest, this week's Kooyong Classic has taken on major significance as an Australian Open fitness test for some of the biggest names in tennis.

World No.1 Rafael Nadal, six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and enigmatic Australian Bernard Tomic are all late additions -- opting to use the exhibition event to assess their readiness for a crack at the year's first grand slam starting next week.

Tournament director Peter Johnston had not hesitation in changing up the format for the event to accommodate the trio, welcoming the extra star power.

Nadal practices in Melbourne amid Australian Open fitness concerns

  Nadal practices in Melbourne amid Australian Open fitness concerns Amid fitness concerns, world number one Rafael Nadal practiced in Melbourne ahead of the Australian Open. The world number one is under an injury cloud ahead of the year's first grand slam after withdrawing from the Brisbane International.However, the 16-time grand slam champion looked in decent shape as he practiced in warm conditions on Rod Laver Arena.The sight of the Spanish superstar would surely have been a boost to Australian Open officials..@RafaelNadal has arrivedWelcome to Australia, No.1! pic.twitter.

Joining Nadal , Djokovic and Tomic is an armada of the world’s best players including two-time Kooyong champion David Goffin (Belgium) who made the final of the ATP Tour Finals after defeating Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

— Kooyong Classic (@KooyongClassic) January 7, 2018. Nadal arrived in Melbourne on Friday (January 5) and emerged injury-free following practice on Rod Laver Arena over the weekend. - Djokovic graces Rod Laver in Australian Open boost .

Having struggled to attract the stellar fields of yesteryear in recent times, the 30th edition of the classic now boasts five of the world's top 10 men, plus Djokovic, who has dropped to No.12 while out injured since he was forced to retire in his quarter-finals match at Wimbledon.

Spanish world No.1 Rafael Nadal will play in the Kooyong Classic in the lead up to his Australian Open tilt.© Michael Dodge/Getty Images Spanish world No.1 Rafael Nadal will play in the Kooyong Classic in the lead up to his Australian Open tilt. Having withdrawn from the Brisbane International, Nadal will play Kooyong for the first time in his long career and will be in opening day action on Tuesday, seeking reassurance about his knee injury recovery as he targets a third Australian Open title.

Djokovic will play two matches in a limited Kooyong campaign as he recovers from the elbow injury that has kept him out of action since July, having withdrawn from the Abu Dhabi event at New Year.

Djokovic 'ready' for Australian Open

  Djokovic 'ready' for Australian Open Former world No.1 Novak Djokovic has practised in Melbourne as he continues his comeback from an elbow injury. Djokovic will play two matches at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event as he recovers from the elbow injury that has kept him out of action since July.He will face Austrian world No.6 Dominic Thiem on Wednesday before taking part in the Tie Break Tens fast-format tournament that evening alongside Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka.

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And in a further twist, former world No.17 Tomic will hit the court on Tuesday as he weighs up the possibility of contesting Australian Open qualifying commencing on Wednesday after being denied a wildcard.

Hewitt to monitor Tomic in Open qualifying

  Hewitt to monitor Tomic in Open qualifying Davis Cup captain Lleyton Hewitt is as interested as everyone else to see how fallen star Bernard Tomic performs in his Australian Open qualifying attempt.Overlooked by Hewitt for an Australian Open wildcard after snubbing last month's wildcard playoff and then withdrawing from the Brisbane International, Tomic will finally surface at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event.

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Nadal had successful practice hit outs in Melbourne on Friday and Saturday before confirming his Kooyong entry.

"Rafa was looking for matchplay and of course we were more than happy to oblige," Johnston said.

"The addition of both Novak and Rafa changes our schedule and the way we will run the four days but that's what Kooyong is all about, we are here to help the players get ready for the Open.

"It's shaping up as a great (30th) anniversary edition."

Joining Nadal, Djokovic and Tomic at Kooyong are world No.5 Dominic Thiem, No.6 Maric Cilic, No.7 David Goffin and No.10 Pablo Carreno Busta, plus last year's US Open finalist Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic fires new-look serve at Aust Open .
Novak Djokovic's coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek have helped the six-time Australian Open winner change his service action. Novak Djokovic will debut a new service action at the Australian Open, forced by the former world No.1's elbow complaint.The 14th seed is a confirmed starter in the first grand slam of the year after months of doubt.He shut down his 2017 season after Wimbledon due to the injury, only playing his first match back at Kooyong this week.Djokovic admits his right elbow "hasn't 100 per cent healed" but he's made a judgment call to play at his favourite major in any case.

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