Murray, Sinner start Open prep in Adelaide

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Andy Murray will begin preparations for a 15th Australian Open in South Australia for the first time, lining up at the Adelaide International.

The Scottish veteran entered with Italian youngster Jannik Sinner, who is ranked No. 15 in the world, and the week-long tournament will start on January 1.

Adelaide will host back-to-back combined WTA 500 and ATP 250 tournaments, with the second editions running from January 9-14.

Former world No. 1 Murray, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, said he was looking forward to a change in his preparation for the Open.

“Playing for the first time at the Adelaide International is something I look forward to,” Murray, 35, said in a statement.

“The crowds in Australia love their tennis and they have always been very supportive.

“I worked hard in the off-season and the Adelaide International will be great preparation for the Australian Open.”

Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka will headline the women’s field for both tournaments, while two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova will join the roster in week two.

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