Where Will Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Be Playing This January?
by Sean Randall | January 1st, 2016, 8:09 pm

After a few weeks off(-season), the 2016 season kicks officially begins on Sunday down under in Brisbane. To welcome in the New Year, here’s a quick guide of where the top guys will be these first couple weeks, including the exos which began yesterday in Abu Dhabi where Rafael Nadal and Milos Raonic will play for that title tomorrow.

By Week:
January 2
Abu Dhabi Exo: Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic (Nadal v Raonic in Saturday final)

January 4
Brisbane: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov
Doha: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer
Chennai: Stan Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson
Hopman Cup Exo: Andy Murray, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Lleyton Hewitt

January 11
Sydney: Bernard Tomic, Dominic Thiem, Grigor Dimitrov
Auckland: John Isner, JW Tsonga, Kevin Anderson
Kooyong Exo: Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin, Gilles Simon

January 18
Australian Open: Everyone playing!

By Player:
Federer: Brisbane
Nadal: Abu Dhabi, Doha
Djokovic: Doha
Murray: Hopman Cup
Wawrinka: Abu Dhabi, Chennai

Good schedules by all I think. One thing that stands out is how little the top players are out there. No guy in the Top 10 is playing the first two weeks of the year on the ATP. And the Sydney event is really struggling as fewer and fewer big names play the week before a Grand Slam.

That said, Doha should be great next week with both Novak Djokovic and Nadal. Federer will debut with new coach Ivan Ljubicic in Brisbane while Andy Murray elects to stay with the exo circuit in Perth at the Hopman Cup.

Also, Nick Kyrgios will play exos his first two weeks, at the Hopman and Kooyong. Is that because since they are non-ATP events, he can’t be fined and put into peril? Smart move if he’s concerned another misstep could cost him a lengthy suspension this close to the end of his probation period (end of Feb?). Plus, I’m sure he’ll get paid nicely as the Australian No. 1 at those events.

Speaking of young Australians, the biggest disappointment so far is the withdrawal of Thanasi Kokkinakis who will miss the first month of the year due to a bum shoulder. That’s bad luck for the talented youngster. I hope he gets well soon!

And I hope everyone is rested and ready for another season of terrific tennis. Happy New Year!

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9 Comments for Where Will Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal Be Playing This January?

Chrisford1 Says:

Looking forward to a possible Nole-Rafa encounter in Doha to gauge Rafa’s progress. And while it is just a warmup event, should Nole make the final, it would be something not seen in the ATP, ever. Guy who made the final in every event entered over a rolling 365 days…and that could get extended to many more days..
Instagram from Stefan Duell, who will be Nole’s 2nd physiotherapist on part of the Tour this year and times off. Dec 28 pic before practice from him with Nole, Jim (Jeremy) Chardy and Alize Cornet. Duell, a German, is at center. Last one before they all split up and went to Doha or Australia.


The guy on the right is not Team France’s official food-taster, but Alize’s coach Benny.
Other pics on Cornet’s Twitter site. She had a lot of fun, Chardy bruised her butt, and she was drenched in sweat (that is a good thing….a sweaty Alize…) Looks like another “work hard but have a good time” Djokovic practice session.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Is Novak actually playing in Doha,he pulled out of playing Murray a couple of days ago with the flu?….

Wog Boy Says:


That was last year.

Gypsy Gal Says:

Wogboy ha ha sorry my wires got crossed then,ANYWAY HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOUR GOOD SELF AND ALL YOUR FAMILY ;))….

Clement Says:

RF is the best. Hope he defends his Brisbane title & wins the Aussie Open, 2016๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ

Dave Says:

I watched the Nadal vs Raonic match today. Nadal will be back in the top 2 for sure. Not because he is better than Murray, but because he is mentally stronger than Murray and always has been. His confidence is back as well. That forehand looks amazing again.

Gojko Skocic Says:

Nole has a hernia, so RF, RN @ AM will fight it out, I THINK?

J-Kath Says:

Nole has a hernia? Has he pulled out?

danica Says:

Oh, come on Gojko! Where did you find that info on Nole?!

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