The 2023 Australian Open begins on January 16th in Melbourne and ends on January 29th. The main draw starts at 11:00am local time in Melbourne (01:00am CET) and 08:00am in Singapore on Monday.
Injuries and Withdrawals
On Saturday, two of the featured players from the first five episodes of the new streaming documentary series ”Break Point” withdrew from the Australian Open 2023 because of injury, adding to the loss of world No1 Carlos Alcaraz a week earlier.
Saturday’s first announcement came from Paula Badosa, the Spaniard who reached the fourth round in Melbourne last year. She was forced to drop out because she damaged an abductor during a lengthy quarter-final in Adelaide.
The second withdrawal was even more disappointing for tournament organizers, because Ajla Tomljanovic has become the leading Australian woman since the retirement in March of last year’s Melbourne champion Ashleigh Barty.
Tomljanovic said that she had been struggling with a knee injury for the past month or so. She said, ”I’ve done absolutely everything in my power to get healthy but just ran out of time to heal and be 100% ready to compete at a high level.”
Emma Raducanu Fitness Concerns
Emma Raducanu appeared relaxed on the eve of her Australian first-round tie against Germany’s Tamara Karpatsch insisting she ”fully trusts” the ankle she injured in Auckland.
The British No1 has had an interrupted build-up to theAustralian Open 2023 after rolling her ankle at the ASB Classic earlier this month but says she expects to feel comfortable on court against Korpatsch – ranked one place above her at 74 WTA.
How to Watch
Viewers can tune into beIN Sports to watch live Australian Open 2023 action in Singapore. Those in the United Kingdom can catch the tournament broadcast on Eurosport, while ESPN owns the US broadcasting rights. Tennis fans across the globe have several outlets to watch the year’s first Grand Slam tournament unfold.
Key First Round Matches
That match is first on the 1573 Arena court at 11.00am Monday local time. Later that day compatriot Jack Draper, 21, will attempt to knock out top seed and reigning champion Rafael Nadal. They take to Rod Laver Arena in the afternoon session beginning 4.30pm Melbourne time (04.30am CET) in the biggest match of Draper’s career.
Draper and Nadal will be followed by top women’s seed Iga Swiatek, who opens the night session on the main showcourt against Wimbledon quarter-finalist, Germany’s Julie Niemeier.
Ashleigh Barty beat Danielle Collins to end a 44 year drought for the home nation by winning the 2022 women’s title. Rafael Nadal fought back from two sets down to defeat Daniil Medvedev and win his 21st grand slam title.
The latest odds – correct as of 14 January.
Men’s singles: Women’s singles:
Novak DJokovic – 5/6 Iga Swiatek – 23/10
Daniil Medvedev – 6/1 Aryna Sabalenka – 13/2
Stefanos Tsitsipas – 14/1 Jessica Pegula – 10/1
Nick Kyrgios – 14/1 Coco Gauff – 11/1
Rafael Nadal – 17/1 Caroline Garcia – 11/1