The Australian Open, the first tennis Grand Slam of the year, gets under way at Melbourne Park on Monday.
AFP Sport highlights five talking points, from Novak Djokovic’s return following his dramatic deportation last year to the battle to deny Iga Swiatek.
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– What reception will Djokovic get? –
The nine-time Australian Open champion is back in Melbourne having been deported on the eve of last year’s tournament because of his Covid vaccination status.
He has admitted to feeling nervous about what sort of reception he may get from spectators, but early signs suggest it will be positive.
When he played a doubles match in Adelaide at the start of this month – his first match in Australia in almost two years – he was given a raucous…