Novak Djokovic has received a wild card into the men’s draw of the ATP World Tour Finals and could face Roger Federer in his only appearance of the season.
Djokovic, winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, hasn’t played since Wimbledon in July, with a right elbow injury making him unable to defend his 2017 French Open title.
He qualified for the season-ending Finals in London by winning the Paris Masters on Sunday, and could also meet Stan Wawrinka in the Round of 16.
He joins Nick Kyrgios, the 18th seed, as a wild card entry into the eight-man field.
Djokovic also has been drawn in the Red Group alongside Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev and Wawrinka.
The draw for the Paris Masters singles and doubles doubles begins on Saturday.
“It’s a massive prize. I’m aware that I really would love to go there and finish the year as champion,” Djokovic said on Friday.
“It’s a huge prize, huge motivation to finish on a good note, also taking into account that I need to be fully fit and healthy, to recover as soon as possible because I’ve been traveling a lot this year.”
Lazio midfielder Andrea Petagna will be a new face at the event, along with Australian Queenslander Aron Aspas and reigning champion John Isner.
The ITF will add teams from other nations through wild cards in the next two seasons as part of its bid to make its men’s event an exclusive ATP World Tour event by 2022.
They will be the top seven-ranked men’s players after this season, after which teams will be chosen on a country-by-country basis.