When other players are following the tournament in various cities, Novak Djokovic chose to fly to Melbourne to defend his Australian Open men's singles champion. Djokovic arrived in Melbourne on Wednesday (01/04/2012) evening local time and immediately practiced the next day.
Under the hot sun, the 2008 Australian Open champion and 2011 arrived at the Rod Laver Arena on Thursday afternoon to practice. The first thing he did when he arrived at the main square of Melbourne Park tennis complex is the type of field kissing plexicushion blue.
In that session, Djokovic asked to practice with the two best junior tennis player in Australia, namely Maverick Banes and Andrew Harris. Both are practicing race against Djokovic blows simultaneously. Mood of world number one looks cheerful with frequent joking when heating.
After last year's success won three Grand Slam titles, the Australian Open, Wimbledon and U.S. Open, the journey this year opened with the title Djokoic exhibition tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, last week.
"I think, time is crucial today when the phase of preparation for the Australian Open. We shall see. The trip this year will be long and heavy, but I'm really looking forward to it," said Djokovic.