Australian Open attracts 2022: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns

The 2022 Australian Open attracts had been formally launched 4 days earlier than the primary grand slam event of the 12 months kicks off. As of proper now, each defending champions will likely be enjoying.

The present No. 1 males’s participant has introduced essentially the most consideration to the draw: Novak Djokovic. After being allowed a medical exemption to journey to Australia regardless of being unvaccinated for COVID-19, he was then denied entry into the nation when he arrived. He has appealed the visa subject, and the outcomes have but to be decided. So, Djokovic’s standing for Melbourne continues to be unsure, but he leads the boys’s draw proper now. He’s set to play the No. 78 participant on the earth, fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, within the first spherical.

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The defending ladies’s champion Naomi Osaka will likely be enjoying at this 12 months’s event. Osaka took a while off from the game after the US Open as a consequence of ongoing psychological well being points. She sits because the 13th seed, and she’s going to face the No. 53 participant, Colombia’s Camila Osorio, within the opening spherical.

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There are some empty spots left within the Australian Open draw, that are saved for qualifiers. The qualifying rounds will end up on Friday, Jan. 14 to find out who will take these leftover spots.

This is a abstract of the opposite prime seeds heading into the 2022 Australian Open, together with which Individuals will likely be enjoying on the event.

Males’s singles draw

High gamers on the earth

Coming in on the second seed is the US Open champion Daniil Medvedev. He’ll play Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland within the first spherical. Alexander Zverev is the No. three participant for the event. The younger German has but to win his first grand slam title.

Rafael Nadal, who’s tied with Djokovic and Roger Federer for many grand slam titles gained in males’s singles historical past (20), is available in at No. 6. Nadal missed Wimbledon and the US Open final 12 months as a consequence of recurring accidents. 

Three-time grand slam winner and five-time Australian Open finalist Andy Murray will play in Melbourne for the primary time since 2019, however this time as a wild card. Murray has performed sometimes since his 2018 hip surgical procedure. He’ll face the No. 21 participant Nikoloz Basilashvili within the first spherical.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), Andrey Rublev (5), Matteo Berrettini (7), Casper Rudd (8), Felix Auger-Aliassime (9) and Hubert Hurkacz (10) end out the highest 10 seeds within the males’s singles draw.

Federer is predicted to overlook no less than the primary half of the 12 months as he continues to get well from knee surgical procedure. 

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American gamers

Thus far, there are 13 American males enjoying on this 12 months’s Australian Open, with three of them seeded: Taylor Fritz (20), John Isner (22) and Reilly Opelka (23). There is just one all-American matchup within the first spherical: Isner vs. Maxime Cressy. 

Different American male tennis gamers who’ve had grand slam runs previously embrace Sam Querrey, Sebastian Korda, Steve Johnson and Frances Tiafoe.

Girls’s singles draw

High gamers on the earth

Australian Ashleigh Barty is available in on the No. 1 participant on the earth. The 2-time grand slam winner has but to make it to an Australian Open closing in her profession. Her first-round opponent continues to be to be decided.

2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu (17) will face American Sloane Stephens within the first spherical. Raducanu grew to become the first-ever qualifier to win a grand slam event final 12 months.

Spanish participant Garbiñe Muguruza sits on the No. three spot after successful the 2021 WTA Finals title. The 2-time grand slam champion has made it to the Australian Open finals as soon as, in 2020.

Most of the prime 10 ladies on this 12 months’s event are newbies, with a couple of earlier Australian Open champions now seeded decrease. For instance, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber is 16th this 12 months. 

Aryna Sabalenka (2), Barbora Krejcikova (4), Maria Sakkari (5), Anett Kontaveit (6), Iga Swiatek (7), Paula Badosa(8), Ons Jabeur (9) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (10) end out the highest 10 seeds within the ladies’s singles draw.

Seven-time chamipon Serena Williams introduced in early December that she won’t be competing within the Austrailan Open this 12 months.

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American gamers

There will likely be no less than 15 American ladies’s gamers at this 12 months’s grand slam opener, with 4 of them seeded.

The highest-ranked American ladies’s participant is Sofia Kenin at No. 11. She gained the Australian Open in 2020 for her solely grand slam win to this point. She is going to face fellow American Madison Keys within the first spherical.

The younger famous person Coco Gauff (18) has by no means made it previous the quarterfinals spherical in a grand slam event. She is going to face Chinese language participant Qiang Wang within the first spherical.

The opposite seeded American ladies’s gamers embrace Jessica Pegula (21) and Danielle Collins (27).

Full Australian Open attracts

Males’s Draw

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Girls’s draw

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