Australian Open 2023: Schedule, draw, how to watch, seeds, special first round matches

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The first Grand Slam of the season is fast approaching with the 2023 Australian Open starting on Monday, January 16. The seeds and draws have been established, setting the stage for players to compete for a record $76.5 million in prize money.

World No. 2 Rafael Nadal plays as the No. 1 seed as he tries to defend his title. The Spanish star has an all-time record 22 Grand Slams, but Novak Djokovic – a nine-time winner at Melbourne Park – is just one Grand Slam title shy of tying it.

The two veterans are on either side of the bracket, which means there is a possibility of a battle of the titans in the championship game. Djokovic was kicked out of Australia a year ago due to his unvaccinated COVID-19 status, but is finally back in Melbourne.

The men’s competition will be missing world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz, who withdrew due to a right leg injury sustained in training. Also missing will be Melbourne Park finalist Marin Cilic due to injury.

On the women’s side, 2022 Australian Open winner Ashleigh Barty will not be defending her singles title after retiring from tennis last year. Wildcard Venus Williams was preparing to compete in her 22nd Australian Open but had to withdraw due to an injury sustained at the ASB Classic in New Zealand. Naomi Osaka, who did a pregnancy announcement earlier this week, they will not be competing this month either.

A few stars will be gone but there will still be plenty of talent. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek – the 2022 WTA player of the year – had a breakout season last year and will look to continue that trend. Last year she became the first woman to win two Grand Slams in one season since Angelique Kerber in 2016 by winning the French Open in June and the US Open title in September.

World. 2 Ons Jabeur will compete, as will Coco Gauff – who started the year by winning all 10 sets she played in Auckland en route to winning the ASB Classic.

According to the rule established by the International Tennis Federation last year, players from Russia and Belarus will be allowed to compete as individuals but not under the flags or names of their countries because of the Russian invasion. on Ukraine.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 US Open:

How to watch the Australian Open 2023

  • Dates: 16-29 January
  • Where: Melbourne Park, Australia
  • Watch: ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • Flow: fuboTV (try free)

The seeding of men

  1. Rafael Nadal (ESP)
  2. Casper Ruud (NOR)
  3. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
  4. Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  5. Andrey Rublev (N/A)
  6. Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
  7. Daniel Medvedev (N/A)
  8. Taylor Fritz (United States)
  9. Holger Rune (DEN)
  10. Hubert Hurkacz (POL)
  11. Cameron Norrie (GBR)
  12. Alexander Zverev (GER)
  13. Matteo Berrettini (ITA)
  14. Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP)
  15. Jannik Sinner (ITA)
  16. Frances Tiafoe (United States)
  17. Marin Cilic (CRO)
  18. Lorenzo Musetti (ITA)
  19. Karen Khachanov (N/A)
  20. Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
  21. Denis Shapovalov (CAN)
  22. Borna Coric (CRO)
  23. Alex de Minaur (AUS)
  24. Diego Schwartzman (ARG)
  25. Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP)
  26. Daniel Evans (GBR)
  27. Miomir Kecmanovic (SRB)
  28. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)
  29. Francisco Cerundolo (ARG)
  30. Sebastian Korda (United States)
  31. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP)
  32. Yoshihito Nishioka (JPN)

The Insemination of Women

  1. Iga Swiatek (POL)
  2. Ons Jabeur (TUN)
  3. Jessica Pegula (United States)
  4. Caroline Garcia (FRA)
  5. Aryna Sabalenka (N/A)
  6. Maria Sakkari (GRE)
  7. Coco Gauff (United States)
  8. Daria Kasatkina (N/A)
  9. Veronika Kudermetova (N/A)
  10. Madison Keys (United States)
  11. Paula Badosa (ESP)
  12. Belinda Bencic (SUI)
  13. Danielle Collins (United States)
  14. Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA)
  15. Petra Kvitova (CZE)
  16. Anett Kontaveit (EST)
  17. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)
  18. Liudmila Samsonova (N/A)
  19. Ekaterina Alexandrova (N/A)
  20. Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)
  21. Martina Trevisan (ITA)
  22. Elena Rybakina (KAZ)
  23. Shuai Zhang (CHN)
  24. Victoria Azarenka (N/A)
  25. Marie Bouzkova (CZE)
  26. Elise Mertens (BEL)
  27. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROM)
  28. Amanda Anisimova (United States)
  29. Qinwen Zheng (CHN)
  30. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)
  31. Kaia Kanepi (EST)
  32. Jil Teichmann (SUI)

Famous games in the first round of the men

  • Roberto Carballes Baena vs. No. 4 Novak Djokovic
  • Marcos Giron vs. No. 7 Daniel Medvedev
  • Filip Krajinovic vs. Number 9 Holger Rune
  • Number 3 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs Quentin Halys
  • Vasek Pospisil vs. No. 6 Felix Auger Aliassime
  • Tomas Machac vs No. 2 Casper Ruud
  • Number 8 Taylor Fritz vs. Nikoloz Basilashvili
  • No. 5 Andrey Rublev vs Dominic Thiem
  • No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. Jack Draper
  • No. 10 Hubert Hurkacz vs. Pedro Martinez

Famous women’s matches in the first round

  • Number 5 Aryna Sabalenka vs. Tereza Martincova
  • Tamara Zidansek against No. 2 Ons Jabeur
  • Number 3 Jessica Pegula vs. Jaqueline Cristian
  • Maryna Zanevska vs. Veronika Kudermetava
  • Katerina Siniakova vs. No. 7 Coco Gauff
  • Katherine Sebum vs. No. 4 Carolina Garcia
  • No. 10 Madison Keys vs. Anna Blinkova
  • Yue Yuan vs. No. 6 Maria Sakkari
  • Number 8 Daria Kasatkina vs. Varvara Gracheva
  • Number 1 Iga Świątek vs. Jule Niemeier

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