Australian Open

Australian Open 2023 saw six Australians tennis players awarded 2023 wildcards. It was like Christmas for these six players. They will compete at Melbourne Park in the 128-player singles tournament on January 16-29, 2023

They include; Alexei Popyrin, Jason Kubler, Rinky Hijikata, Storm Hunter, Talia Gibson and Olivia Gadecki

Five of them are seeking their first singles win in the Australian Open. Alexei Popyrin has gotten as far as he third round two times.

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Storm Hunter Sanders had a close encounter in 20233 and led Aryna Sabalenka by a set and a break but couldn’t close it out at the Rod Laver arena.

She was named the Billie Jean King Cup Heart Award winner after winning three of four singles for her country in the Billie Jean King Finals.

Rinky Hijikata surprised everyone as a 21-year old at the Arthur Ashe Stadium when he upset Rafael Nadal in 2022 at the US Open.

He had this to say about the selection:

“It’s a tournament I’ve watched since I was a kid and always dreamt of one day playing. It’s going to mean the world to me to step on court in front of a home crowd.”

Australian Open-Venus Williams Awarded Wildcard

Venus Williams, a seven time Grand Slam winner was awarded a wildcard for the Australian Open and will take her place in the main draw.

She debuted in this event 25 years ago and this will be the 22nd trip to Melbourne Park

The 42-year-old is a two-time AO finalist, most recently in her resurgent season of 2017, before injuries restricted her tournament schedule over the past two years.

Venus Williams stated:
“I’ve been competing in the country for over 20 years now and the Australian community has always supported me wholeheartedly. It will be an honor to play for the fans again and I’m looking forward to making more memories at the tournament this year.

In addition to her two AO finals of 2003 and 2017, former world No.1 Williams has reached at least the quarterfinal stage on nine occasions.

In doubles, she and sister Serena Williams combined to win the women’s title four times – 2001, 2003, 2009 and 2010 – and she also captured the mixed doubles crown in 1998 with Justin Gimelstob.

Tournament Director Craig Tiley has this to say open Venus Williams:

“Venus is not just an incredible player and fan favorite, she’s a great role model and leader in our sport in so many ways,” “We are delighted to welcome her back to the AO in January.”

Australian Open Odds 2023

Men’s

Novak Djokovic +115
Carlos Alcaraz Garfia +600
Daniil Medvedev +800
Rafael Nadal +1,200
Nick Kyrgios +1,400
Jannik Sinner +1,600
Stefanos Tsitsipas +1,800
Holger Vitus Nodskov Rune +1,800
Felix Auger-Aliassime +1,800
Alexander Zverev +2,000
Casper Ruud +2,500
Taylor Fritz +2,800
Andrey Rublev +3,500
Dominic Thiem +5,000
Matteo Berrettini +5,000
Hubert Hurkacz +5,000
Borna Coric +6,500
Sebastian Korda +6,500
Denis Shapovalov +6,500
Jack Draper +6,500
Alex De Minaur +8,000
Brandon Nakashima +8,000
Lorenzo Musetti +8,000
Frances Tiafoe +8,000
Karen Khachanov +8,000
Cameron Norrie +8,000
Jenson Brooksby +8,000

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Women’s

Iga Swiatek +160
Caroline Garcia +1,100
Ons Jabeur +1,200
Aryna Sabalenka +1,200
Coco Gauff +1,600
Naomi Osaka +1,600
Jessica Pegula +1,800
Maria Sakkari +2,000
Elena Rybakina +2,000
Liudmila Samsonova +2,200
Barbora Krejcikova +2,500
Paula Badosa Gilbert +2,800
Qinwen Zheng +2,800
Amanda Anisimova +2,800
Bianca Andreescu +2,800
Danielle Rose Collins +2,800
Belinda Bencic +3,500
Emma Raducanu +3,500
Jelena Ostapenko +3,500
Karolina Pliskova +4,000
Petra Kvitova +4,000
Anett Kontaveit +4,000
Madison Keys +4000

Alycia Parks +4,000
Ekaterina Alexandrova +4,000
Garbine Muguruza +5,000
Victoria Azarenka +5,000
Daria Kasatkina +5,000
Clara Tauson +5,000
Leylah Fernandez +5,000
Petra Martic +5,000
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova +5,000
Ajla Tomljanovic +5,000

 

 

 

 

 

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