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Djokovic, Kyrgios go head-to-head for charity in Arena Showdown


Nine-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios will face off for the first time since their epic Wimbledon final at Rod Laver Arena on Friday 13 January.

Tickets are just $20 and go on sale at midday on Tuesday 10 January, with proceeds going to the Australian Tennis Foundation.  

TICKETS: See Novak v Nick at Rod Laver Arena

Fresh from his win at the Adelaide International, Djokovic will fine-tune his preparation for a record 10th Australian Open crown against Kyrgios in the finale of the Australian Open’s Perfect Practice series, taking place at Rod Laver Arena each afternoon from Monday 9 to Friday 13 January.

Perfect Practice will be played under match conditions, with umpires, ballkids and electronic line calling. 

Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Coco Gauff, Maria Sakkari, Jessica Pegula, Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Taylor Fritz, Alexander Zverev and more are all looking forward to hitting Rod Laver Arena to play under match conditions before the Australian Open main draw starts on Monday 16 January. 

The Perfect Practice matches will be available live around the world on the official Australian Open YouTube channel.

Schedules will be promoted on Australian Open social media channels daily and are subject to change. The current line up is as follows: 

Monday 9 January
4.15-5.30pm: Denis Shapovalov v Holger Rune

Tuesday 10 January 
6.45-8.30pm: Coco Gauff v Jessica Pegula 

Wednesday 11 January
1.00-2.15pm: Felix Auger Aliassime v Christian Garin 
2.15-3.30pm: Novak Djokovic v Daniil Medvedev 

Thursday 12 January
3.00-4.15pm: Alexander Zverev v Dominic Thiem 
4.15-5.30pm: Aryna Sabalenka v Maria Sakkari 
5.30-6.45pm: Stan Wawrinka v TBC 
6.45-8.00pm: Rafael Nadal v Hubert Hurkacz 

Entry from Monday to Thursday is $5 for children and $10 for adults. 

Tickets for the Arena Showdown practice match with Novak Djokovic and Nick Kyrgios are $20 per person and go on sale at 12pm on Tuesday 10 January.

Proceeds will go to the Australian Tennis Foundation.

Tickets are available here.