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Australian Open: Novak Djokovic Faces Jeremy Chardy, Sofia Kenin Meets Maddison Inglis in Opener

Novak Djokovic (Photo Credit: @DjokerNole)

Novak Djokovic (Photo Credit: @DjokerNole)

Novak Djokovic will face Jeremy Chardy in his first match at 2021 Australian Open as reigning women's champion Sofia Kenin will take on wild card Maddison Inglis.

Novak Djokovic begins his Australian Open title defence against Jeremy Chardy while reigning women’s champion Sofia Kenin meets wild card Maddison Inglis after the draw for the year’s first Grand Slam was made on Friday.

World number one Djokovic captured a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park last year by beating Dominic Thiem, who is seeded third and faces Mikhail Kukushkin.

Rafa Nadal, seeking a first title at the major since 2009, faces Laslo Djere in his opener.

Top-ranked Ash Barty resumes her quest to become the first homegrown singles winner at the Australian Open since 1978 when the 24-year-old takes on Danka Kovinic.

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