The Australian Open 2023 is scheduled to begin tomorrow i.e. January 16 and will go through January 29. In a lead up to the event, a majority of the top players have already begun preparing in Melbourne.
Both the men’s and women’s singles competitions at the Grand Slam of the previous year had some outstanding performances. Following their individual championship triumphs over Daniil Medvedev and Danielle Collins, Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty were named the singles champions.
Barty will not defend her title as she declared her tennis retirement immediately after winning. Although Nadal will enter the competition as the defending champion, his recent results haven’t been all that great. Since falling in the fourth round of the US Open 2022, he has only won one of his last six singles matches.
The Spaniard, on the other hand, frequently saves his best play for Majors and, given his calibre, experience, and temperament, can be a player to watch out for.
Given his recent performance, Novak Djokovic will likely be the men’s singles tournament’s favourite. Despite having played a little tennis, the Serb had a strong 2022 season. He also won the Italian Open, Wimbledon, and the ATP Finals.
Djokovic won the Adelaide International 1 to kick off the 2023 season, and he’ll be going for a record-extending 10th Australian Open victory.
On the other hand, Iga Swiatek had a spectacular season in 2022, winning two Grand Slams and four WTA 1000 titles. She will be the clear favourite to win the women’s singles competition.
Where to watch:
Sony Sports Network will broadcast the Australian Open 2023. Fans can enjoy the action on SONY SIX, SONY TEN 2, SONY TEN 4, and SONY TEN 3 along with the network’s OTT platform, SonyLIV.