After eleven months of inactivity, world No.1 Ashleigh Barty will finally show her tennis skills in competition at “A Day at the Drive”, an exhibition event scheduled for January 29 in Adelaide.
The one-day Australian exhibition line-up includes the sport’s brightest stars: Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Simona Halep, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem. Players quarantined in Melbourne are voicing their discontent that the big names in Adelaide have preferential conditions and better opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Australian Open which begins February 8.
Because of COVID-19 concerns and overseas travel restrictions, Australian Barty skipped all the tournaments played in Europe and America after the coronavirus hiatus, including the US Open and Roland Garros, so her last tennis match was the Qatar Total Open semifinal in February 2020. The WTA’s revised ranking system allowed Barty to keep her No.1 position.
After the Adelaide exhibition, Barty plans to play the WTA 500 event at Melbourne Park and after that the Australian Open. (source: ESPN)