Novak Djokovic will come to Australia for the Adelaide International

But Djokovic ended the year in such style and in hot form that he was hardly at a disadvantage, missing out on the two hard-court majors, hampering his ability to travel to Australia and the United States respectively.

“He [Djokovic] After playing the best tennis in 2022, he wants to match Rafa’s current record,” Tiley said.

“He aims to be the greatest of all time.”

The Australian Open boss reiterated his view that he doesn’t think Djokovic will be able to handle a hostile reception from sports fans Down Under.

“I have great faith in the Australian public,” Tiley said.

“We’re a very educated sports audience, especially those who come to tennis, they love their tennis, they love to see greatness, they love to see great sportsmanship, great games.

“And I’m very confident that the fans will react in the way we hope they would react and have respect for that.”

Tiley also tried to tone down expectations for Nick Kyrgios by stating that it’s “not that easy” that players have to deal with the pressure of hometown crowds.

A year after Ash Barty ended the nation’s 44-year wait for a domestic singles champion, world No. 22 Kyrgios will play on the hard court with new expectations after reaching his first major final at Wimbledon.

Before breaking through to the All-England club decider in July, the Canberran had only made two previous Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances – at Wimbledon in 2014, when he burst onto the scene, and at the Australian Open the following year.


“Reaching the Wimbledon final is quite a significant achievement,” Tiley said of Kyrgios, who boasts a 37-10 record in 2022.

Barty was under immense pressure in recent years before adding the Australian Open trophy to her triumphs at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, winning Slams in 2019 and 2021 respectively. To a lesser extent, big things are expected of Kyrgios, who has reached the fourth round once since his quarterfinals at the Australian Open in 2015.

“There’s also a lot of pressure to play at home in front of a home crowd and expect to win,” Tiley said when asked about Kyrgios.

“So I think one of the biggest wins we’ve seen here at Melbourne Park was Ash Barty’s win in 2022.

“Because it is very difficult as a player. Only they can really talk about it, but responding to the pressure is not that easy.

“We would love it if Nick did well. For us it’s easy [a] day after day [situation]and he’s staying healthy and enjoying the competition.

“And I think if Nick comes out and has fun doing it and has the opportunity to play his best tennis, that would be great.”

With temperatures soaring to 30 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, Open officials unveiled a new giant parasol at Melbourne Park – a change designed to keep tennis fans continuously cool on the Grand Slam oval.

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