May 23, 2024

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Adelaide: Lined up early for a Tuesday sellout (Vid)

ADELAIDE, Australia – They were lined up for hours outside the tennis centre in Adelaide, in anticipation of a pretty serious blockbuster Tuesday day session at the Adelaide International.

First Daniil Medvedev. And then, the man of the hour Novak Djokovic would take the court.

With the tix ($49) being general admission, there was motivation to get there early to get the best possible seat.

And that’s what the fans did, no doubt to the huge glee of the tournament organizers.

Here’s what it looked like, shortly before the gates opened at 10 a.m.

Warming up around the grounds

As they walked in, they were able to see two Grand Slam champions – one with a serious case of bedhead – warming up on the same court.

One ATP (Daniil Medvedev) and the other WTA (Victoria Azarenka).

The competing grunts on serve were impressive.

Elsewhere, Ekaterina Alexandrova and Jannik Sinner also shared a court. And many others warmed up around the practice courts.

Including Novak Djokovic. Which most people missed because they were intent on getting a good seat for the actual match.

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Joint events are great for scenes like this. But of course, not many that aren’t at the Masters 1000 level have these kinds of fields.

Even late into the evening, when Denis Shapovalov and then Andy Murray and Sebastian Korda were playing on the second show court, there was a lineup to get in.

The day session people hung around, clearly not having had enough tennis during the day.

Basically a tennis lover’s delight all around.

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