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Australian Open Draw: Novak Djokovic, Sofia Kenin start off with easy clashes.

Novak Djokovic will begin his Australian Open title defence against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy, while reigning women’s champion Sofia Kenin meets wild card Maddison Inglis, following the draw for the year’s first Grand Slam on Friday.

World number one Djokovic captured a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park last year by beating Dominic Thiem, who is seeded third and will face Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin in the first round.

Rafa Nadal, seeking a first title at the major since 2009, will meet Serbia’s Laslo Djere in his opener.


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