A host of former champions lead the way Tuesday at the Australian Open. All eyes will be on Novak Djokovic as he makes his long-awaited comeback to tennis from a 6-month layoff to take on American Donald Young.
Djokovic, who seeks a record seventh Australian Open title, is seeded down to 14, his lowest in 11 years. But with his new coaching team of Radek Stepanek-Andre Agassi, and a new service motion, he’ll give it go.
Stan Wawrinka also makes his comeback from knee surgery to face Ricardis Berankis. The 2014 champion has never lost in the first round in Melbourne.
Roger Federer returns to defend his title tonight against Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene. Bedene is 0-14 lifetimes against Top 10 players.
After missing 2017 due to a drug ban, former champion Maria Sharapova is back to take on Tatjana Maria.
Former champion Angelique Kerber is also in action. World No. 1 Simona Halep, 2-time Slam winner Garbine Muguruza and Juan Martin del Potro also are scheduled. Del Potro meets flashy American Frances Tiafoe.
Dominic Thiem, Gael Monfils, Karolina Pliskova, Petra Kvitova and Tomas Berdych round out the big names.
TUESDAY AUSTRALIAN OPEN SCHEDULE
Rod Laver Arena
V. Cepede Royg v Ka. Pliskova (6)
T. Fabbiano v A Zverev (4)
S. Halep (1) v D. Aiava (WC)
A. Bedene v R. Federer (2)
A. Barty (18) v A. Sabalenka
Margaret Court Arena From
C. Witthoeft v C. Garcia (8)
T. Maria v M. Sharapova
N. Djokovic (14) v D. Young
G. Muguruza (3) v J. Ponchet (WC)
F. Tiafoe v J. del Potro (12)
J. Konta (9) v M. Brengle
A. Kerber (21) v A. Friedsam
R. Berankis v S. Wawrinka (9)
T. Berdych (19) v A. de Minaur
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