The first star-studded event of the 2021 season is upon us, with the "A Day at the Drive" exhibition in Adelaide, Australia, playing host to Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Rafael Nadal and many more.
At 9:30 Eastern Time on Thursday night, the event is set to kick off with eight-time Australian Open winner Novak Djokovic vs. Next Gen ATP finals champion Jannik Sinner. That's followed by two more of tennis' biggest names: Serena Williams vs. Naomi Osaka—plus a one-set bonus match of Venus Williams against Irina-Camelia Begu.
me and my mom lol. pic.twitter.com/HvCoPpgShm— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@naomiosaka) January 15, 2020
Then the second session, at 3:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, features Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem and Australia's own Ashleigh Barty vs. Simona Halep.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Australian Tennis Foundation, which helps underprivileged children learn tennis and develop life skills.
“With funds raised from this event, the ATF will use the power of sport to contribute to a healthier, happier and stronger South Australian community," said Vicki Reid, the foundation's executive director.
A Day at the Drive, named for the Memorial Drive Tennis Centre, will be aired on Tennis Channel.