Singles draws revealed for Australian Open 2023
Local contenders have been handed some difficult first-round draws at Australian Open 2023.
The Australian Open 2023 men’s and women’s singles draws are set.
Nick Kyrgios is the top-ranked Australian in the men’s singles draw. The 27-year-old faces world No.98 Roman Safiullin, a 25-year-old making his fourth Grand Slam main-draw appearance, in the opening round.
Alex de Minaur, the No.22 seed, will begin his campaign against Chinese Taipei qualifier Yu Hsiou Hsu, a 23-year-old making his Grand Slam main-draw debut.
Thanasi Kokkinakis has been pitted against former world No.9 Fabio Fognini, who has made the Australian Open fourth round on four occasions.
|Australian Open 2023
Men’s singles, first round
| Nick Kyrgios (AUS)||21||v||Roman Safiullin||98|
| Alex de Minaur (AUS)||24||v||Yu Hsiou Hsu (TPE)||208|
|Chris O’Connell (AUS)||79||v||Jenson Brooksby (USA)||48|
|Jordan Thompson (AUS)||85||v||J.J. Wolf (USA)||66|
|[WC] Jason Kubler (AUS)||86||v||Sebastian Baez (ARG)||41|
|Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)||110||v||Fabio Fognini (ITA)||57|
|[WC] Alexei Popyrin (AUS)||113||v||Chun-Hsin Tseng (TPE)||117|
|[Q] Aleksandar Vukic (AUS)||129||v||[Q] Brandon Holt (USA)||216|
|[WC] John Millman (AUS)||148||v||Marc-Andrea Huesler (SUI)||55|
|[WC] Rinky Hijikata (AUS)||169||v||[Q] Yannick Hanfmann (GER)||128|
|[Q] Max Purcell (AUS)||204||v||Emil Ruusuvuori (FIN)||46|
Aleksandar Vukic and Max Purcell, who both secured their places in the main draw through qualifying today, will learn their first-round opponents at the completion of the qualifying competition.
It is the first time since 2017 that multiple Australian men have qualified at the tournament – and only the second time this has happened in the past 20 years.
In the women’s singles competition, world No.35 Ajla Tomljanovic is leading the Aussie charge.
The 29-year-old, who advanced to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open in a career-best 2022 season, begins her ninth Australian Open campaign against Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska.
Podoroska, a Roland Garros 2020 semifinalist, is returning from injury and has used a protected ranking of world No.39 to enter the draw.
Kimberly Birrell, a 24-year-old wildcard, has been pitted against Estonian veteran Kaia Kanepi, the No.31 seed and an Australian Open quarterfinalist last year.
Melbourne local Jaimee Fourlis, a 23-year-old wildcard, meets 17-year-old Czech sensation Linda Fruhvirtova, the youngest player currently inside the world’s top 100.
|Australian Open 2023
Women’s singles, first round
|Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS)||35||v||Nadia Podoroska (ARG)||192|
|[WC] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS)||160||v||Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE)||80|
|[WC] Kimberly Birrell (AUS)||166||v|| Kaia Kanepi (EST)||32|
|[WC] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)||200||v||[Q] Polina Kudermetova||182|
|[WC] Storm Hunter (AUS)||227||v||Wang Xinyu (CHN)||89|
|[WC] Talia Gibson (AUS)||340||v||[Q] Clara Burel (FRA)||131|
Main-draw action at the first Grand Slam tournament of the season begins at Melbourne Park on Monday.
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