Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios could join forces in new team event

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Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios are among the players who have signed up for a brand new tennis exhibition tournament over the off-season. After facing off in the Wimbledon final, the pair could join forces alongside the likes of WTA world No 1 Iga Swiatek and two-time Grand Slam champion Simona Halep in the new World Tennis League team event in Dubai.

Djokovic and Kyrgios have been announced for a new tournament taking place in Dubai over the off-season. The mixed-gender tournament will see four teams of four players each face off in a match format similar to the recent Laver Cup, with two-set battles and a match tiebreaker to ten points if needed.

Swiatek, Halep, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and ATP world No 5 Alexander Zverev have also been announced in the lineup for the new World Tennis League, taking place from December 19 to 24. Players will learn their teams on November 1, when the full list of 16 players will be split into their groups for a round-robin stage, with the top two teams facing off in the finals.

It will be one of the rare opportunities in tennis to see the top male and female stars join forces, with singles and mixed doubles to be played between each team. After being announced for the team exhibition tournament, Djokovic said: “This new event is exciting, there’s no doubt about it.

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“I absolutely love playing in Dubai, I’ve had a lot of success there over the years and really enjoy the fans. This is something different, and it’s going to be great being a part of it.” As well as the unique opportunity to see ATP and WTA stars team up to do battle on the court, the tournament is also being dubbed ‘The Greatest Show on Court’ by organisers, with concerts being held every evening after play.

“I like it most when tennis connects people and when it’s true entertainment,” WTA world No 1 Swiatek said. “When it’s combined with a great show and music,  it’s even better, so that’s the reason why I’m excited to join this year’s World Tennis League. I’m happy that together with other top players we’ll introduce tennis as fun to new audiences. I can’t wait.”

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It means that Djokovic will not be part of the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi this year, an off-season exhibition event popular with the top male stars. It sees six ATP players face off for a spot in the semi-finals and finals, while there is also one winner-take-all WTA match each year.

Emma Raducanu has already been announced for the Abu Dhabi tournament, where she will make her debut by taking on last year’s champion Ons Jabeur. The ATP field is yet to be announced but saw both Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray in action last year.

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