World No.1 Ash Barty will return to the court in Adelaide next week ahead of ...

The Barty Party is in town: World No.1 Ash Barty will FINALLY return to the court next week as she joins tennis superstars in front of a 8,000-strong crowd Australian world No.1 Ash Barty will return to tennis court at exhibition next week 'A Day at the Drive' will be held at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre in Adelaide Barty, 24, has not competed in 11 months since the Qatar Open in February

By Zoe Zaczek For Daily Mail Australia and Australian Associated Press

Published: 05:14 GMT, 21 January 2021 | Updated: 05:14 GMT, 21 January 2021

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Australian world No.1 Ash Barty (pictured in December 2019) will finally make her return to the court next week

Australian world No.1 Ash Barty (pictured in December 2019) will finally make her return to the court next week 

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Australian world No.1 Ash Barty will finally make her return to the court in front of 8,000 tennis fans at the star-studded exhibition in Adelaide next week.  

Barty hasn't played in 11 months but is a confirmed starter alongside world No.2 Simona Halep, third-ranked Naomi Osaka and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams.

The one-off event, called 'A Day at the Drive', will be held at Memorial Drive Tennis Centre on Friday January 29, ahead of the Australian Open in Melbourne on February 8. 

The men's line-up includes the top-three ranked players, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

There are an impressive 67 Grand Slam single titles between the star-studded competitors taking to the court for the exhibition.    

'I am looking forward to playing my first match for the 2021 season in Adelaide,' Barty said.

Barty, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals last year, hasn't played a competitive match since she was a semi-finalist at the Qatar Open in February

Barty, who reached the Australian Open semi-finals last year, hasn't played a competitive match since she was a semi-finalist at the Qatar Open in February

Barty is a confirmed starter alongside world No.2 Simona Halep, third-ranked Naomi Osaka and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams. Pictured: Williams arrives in Adelaide on January 14

Barty is a confirmed starter alongside world No.2 Simona Halep, third-ranked Naomi Osaka and 23-time grand slam champion Serena Williams. Pictured: Williams arrives in Adelaide on January 14

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