Tennis is back for the new year, and the Australian Open will kick off the tennis calendar year in 2023. This marks the end of the off-season for seeded players and the return of some exciting action for the viewers at home and those present on the courts. The draw for the singles competition at the 2023 Australian Open has been established, and tennis fans worldwide will be treated to two weeks of tennis extravaganza at Melbourne Park.
Due to the withdrawal of world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, defending champion, Rafael Nadal will be the top seed on the men’s side of the draw, followed by Casper Ruud, Stefanos Tsitsipas, and Novak Djokovic. Here is how the 32 players are seeded for the 2023 Men’s Singles Australian Open tournament.
1. Rafael Nadal 2. Casper Ruud 3. Stefanos Tsitsipas 4. Novak Djokovic 5. Andrey Rublev 6. Felix Auger-Aliassime 7. Daniil Medvedev 8. Taylor Fritz 9. Holger Rune 10. Hubert Hurkacz
11. Cameron Norrie 12. Alexander Zverev 13. Matteo Berrettini 14. Pablo Carreno Busta 15. Jannik Sinner 16. Frances Tiafoe 17. Lorenzo Musetti 18. Karen Khachanov 19. Nick Kyrgios 20. Denis Shapovalov
21. Borna Corc 22. Alex de Minaur 23. Diego Schwartzman 24. Roberto Bautista Agut 25. Dan Evans 26. Miomir Kecmanovic 27. Grigor Dimitrov 28. Francisco Cerundolo 29. Sebastian Korda 30. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina
31. Yoshihito Nishioka 32. Botic van de Zandschulp
Women’s Singles Draw
1. Iga Swiatek 2. Ons Jabeur 3. Jessica Pegula 4. Caroline Garcia 5. Aryna Sabalenka 6. Maria Sakkari 7. Coco Gauff 8. Daria Kasatkina 9. Veronika Kudermetova 10. Madison Keys
11. Paula Badosa 12. Belinda Bencic 13. Danielle Collins 14. Beatriz Haddad Maia 15. Petra Kvitova 16. Anett Kontaveit 17. Jelena Ostapenko 18. Liudmila Samsonova 19. Ekaterina Alexandrova 20. Barbora Krejcikova
21. Martina Trevisan 22. Elena Rybakina 23. Zhang Shuai 24. Victoria Azarenka 25. Maria Bouzkova 26. Elise Mertens 27. Irina-Camelia Begu 28. Amanda Anisimova 29. Zheng Qinwen 30. Karolina Pliskova
31. Kaia Kanepi 32. Jil Teichmann
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2023 Australian Open Draw Format
The Australian Open has a singles draw of 128 players. Each draw will have 32 seeds, and they will be drawn so that none of them will meet each other until at least the third round.
The top eight seeds cannot face until the quarter-finals, the top four until the semi-finals, and the top two until the final. Rankings, as with the other four majors, decide seedings.
- For the men’s singles competition, Rafael Nadal is the defending champion. He defeated Daniil Medvedev in the 2022 Australian Open Finals to win his 21st major singles title, breaking the mark held by legends Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic.
- Ashleigh Barty won the Grand Slam for Australia in the women’s singles category, becoming the first Australian woman to do it since 1978. She overcame American Danielle Collins, who reached the 2019 semifinals. Two months after winning the Australian Open, Barty announced her retirement from tennis in March 2022.
- Undoubtedly, the top men’s tennis players have been extremely consistent. Djokovic, Nadal, and Medvedev have all been showing up week after week. The field has opened up with the advent of talents such as Nick Kyrgios and Casper Ruud. However, based on 2022 performances and momentum carried into the new year, Djokovic is unquestionably the man to beat this year. The Serbian comes into the Slam with a tournament victory in Adelaide. He is also more eager than ever to play in Australia after missing the Australian Open last year, and he yearns to tie Nadal and Federer for the most Grand Slam victories.
- The women’s team has been less consistent than the men’s, with numerous players having a chance to win the title. The women looking the best in the Australian Open warm-up tournaments are Aryna Sabalenka, Jessica Pegula, and Coco Gauff. Despite this, Iga Swiatek is still expected to win the Australian Open and complete her third Grand Slam, as the Pole is strong on the big stage.
- When it comes to the younger lads on tour, Jannik Sinner is one of the most promising. He is already one of the finest players in the world at the age of 21. He is now ranked 16th in the world, but he has a huge game, especially when he is in the zone. Sinner, as an underdog, could be worth betting on to win the tournament.
- The seventh-seeded Coco Gauff, who finished second to Swiatek at the French Open last year, is aiming to make it to her maiden Australian Open quarterfinal. Gauff might compete against Emma Raducanu, the 2021 U.S. Open champion, in the second round and Swiatek in the quarterfinals. Gauff is predicted to be the tournament’s dark horse, although she may be inexperienced.
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