Defending Champion and current world number 1 Novak Djokovic will start the 2021 Australian Open campaign against France's Jeremy Chardy. 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal is seeded 2nd as India will be represented by Sumit Nangal who secured a wild card entry in the men's singles draw. In Women's singles, Ashleigh Barty gets the top seed ahead of Simona Halep who reached the semifinals last year. The focus will eventually return on tennis after weeks of quarantine and many positive Covid-19 cases. Australian Open will also see the return of spectators in the stands but the players will still remain in bio-bubbles with restricted movement.