The Australian Open will also host a WTA event

Novak Djokovic is welcome at Australian Open, says tournament director; Russian and Belarusian players can compete in BNP Paribas Open as well

With the Australian Open just a few days away the world’s top tennis players are preparing for the event – and one of them, Novak Djokovic, is being welcomed by the tournament director.

The Australian Open and BNP Paribas Open will compete alongside each other this year, with the first Grand Slam tournament in the men’s draw to be held in Melbourne from Jan. 23-25 and the final Grand Slam event in the women’s event in Indian Wells, California from March 14th-16th.

That means two women’s players will be in a Grand Slam tournament at the same time, which is unprecedented. There have been only three occasions this year where both the US Open and the Australian Open have been held at the same venue, the French Open (in Paris), the Australian Open (in Melbourne), and the Australian Open (in Sydney).

Novak Djokovic has been invited to the Australian Open and he is already preparing. Photo: Getty Images

But when the two events clash this year a second woman’s Australian Open will be taking place, and there are a number of reasons why.

The first is that the tournament director, Nick Pappas, will be sitting down with two of this year’s Australian Open Grand Slam entrants, American Karolina Pliskova and Belarusian Maria Sharapova, in an official meeting ahead of the tournament.

And the Australian Open is also going to be having a Grand Slam event for the first time this year. Sharapova is no stranger to the Australian Open and Pliskova has made the semi-finals of the title last year.

Pliskova and Sharapova will be competing in front of Pappas in Sydney on Tuesday, with a similar meeting between two other two-time champions, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, in Melbourne on the weekend following.

But in addition to the Grand Slam tournaments, Indian Wells will also be having a WTA event, while it is expected the Australian Open will welcome seven other Grand Slam entrants.

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