Brand-new Memorial Drive Tennis Centre will host the inaugural ATP and WTA events in Adelaide, with many players from the top entering the draw and fighting for the last title ahead of the Australian Open. The organizers did a fantastic job, signing world no.
2 Novak Djokovic who rarely enters the tournaments in the week ahead of the Major, with the Serb making a potential return to the event where he claimed his third ATP title back in 2007 before it moved to Brisbane two years later.
Still, as was expected, Novak has decided to skip Adelaide after winning the title at the ATP Cup for Serbia, playing enough matches in Brisbane and Sydney and taking a well-deserved rest ahead of Melbourne. The organizers suffered another setback on Monday morning when the draw was already released, with the top seed and the crowd favorite Alex dew Minaur deciding to withdraw due to a re-aggravation of an ab injury after a grueling battle with Rafael Nadal at the ATP Cup.
In the top quarter, Jaume Munar, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Jordan Thompson, Aljaz Bedene, Tommy Paul and Pablo Cuevas (saved three match points against Reilly Opelka) will play for the spot in the semi-final and nice points at the beginning of the year.
Pablo Carreno Busta leads the second quarter following the loss of Taylor Fritz, with Jeremy Chardy, Laslo Djere already reaching the second round and Alexander Bublik who plays against Lloyd Harris or Cristian Garin. In the bottom half, Sam Querrey, Andrey Rublev, Daniel Evans, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Fernando Verdasco should be the players to beat.