The Grand Slam events are by far the most watched and anticipated events in the tennis world, featuring the top players worldwide with millions of dollars on the line. The first of the 4 Grand Slam events, the Australian Open is set to start in mid-January of 2023, kicking off the new season with inevitably some of the competitive plays from the whole year. To find out more about Australia’s biggest sporting event, keep on reading.
Australian Open Tennis Tournament
The Australian Open is an annual hardcourt tennis tournament held in Melbourne, Victoria Australia. The tournament is based in Melbourne Park with the matches held at its many different courts, primarily the Rod Laver Arena, John Cain Arena, and the Margaret Court Arena. It is part of both the WTA and ATP Tours and the first of the 4 Grand Slams which are the biggest and highest level of tennis competition in the whole world. This year will mark the 111th edition of the Australian Open and the 55th edition of the Open Era. Apart from the singles and doubles disciplines, mixed doubles, wheelchair, and junior Grand Slam events are also conducted at the same time. The title sponsor for the event is the Kia Corporation, better known by their former-name Kia motors.
|Location||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Tour category||Grand Slam|
|Draw||128 S, 64 D|
Australian Open 2023 Results
Australian Open 2023 Singles Result
In 2023 Australian Open, None other than, Novak Djokovic claims Australian Open 10th time in his career. Djokovic faced Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas in final and knocked him out in straight sets (6-3, 7-6, 7-6). In 2023 Novak Djokovic couldn’t play Australian Open due to Covid protocol.
A record-tying 22nd Grand Slam championship (with Rafael Nadal) and claimed the world No. 1 ranking after defeating Tsitsipas. He is now equal to all-time records, with his 33rd Grand Slam final seeing him equal the tally of Serena Williams and only one behind Chris Evert, while he is within sight of Margaret Court’s overall major record of 24 titles. Whereas Novak gets A$2,975,000, Tsitsipas as a runner-up received A$1,625,000.
Australian Open 2023 Men Doubles Result
Like 2022 Australian Open, This year again Australian pair wins Men’s doubles championship. Jason Kubler and Rinky Hijikata played final against Jan Zieliński and Hugo Nys. Home stars win final in straight sets (6-4, 7-6.
The wildcard Australian team of Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler replicate what Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis did a year earlier. Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler have won their first Grand Slam title in their first event as a team.
Australian Open 2023 Mixed Doubles Results
Brazilian Pair Luisa Stefani and Rafael Metos win the Australian Open 2023 mixed doubles championship. The winning pair defeated Indian pair Sania Mirza and Rhan Bopanna in the final with straight sets 7-6, 6-2.
Rafael Matos became the fifth Brazilian man to win a major title, while Stefani is now the second woman from Brazil to secure Grand Slam glory. Stefani now has won 18 of 20 women’s doubles matches since returning from knee surgery in September. Sania Mirza, who won 6 majors, also announced retirement that she is going to retire in February where she will play her final tournament in Dubai.
Australian Open History and Previous Winners
The Australian Open championship is one of the oldest events in tennis, being first played in 1905 at the Warehouseman’s Cricket Ground. Since then the tournament has had numerous names and has been played and hosted at all the major cities of Australia throughout its 110 editions. Originally called the Australasian Championships, the modern-day Grand Slam was not established with the intent of creating a world-stage event until 1924. For many many years it was played on a grass court, the most dominant court surface type from the Ametuer Era but from 1988 onwards, it has been played on hard courts. Even the format of the event has seen some changes.
For the past 16 years, the Big Three have been dominating at the Grand Slam with Novak Djokovic clinching the most victories. His record 10 titles are actually an all-time record and he also holds the record for most consecutive wins at 3, a feat he has accomplished twice. But besides the Big Three, the event has hosted some of the best and most well-known tennis players from the past like Ken Rosewall, Roy Emerson, Jack Crawford, Rod Laver, Guillermo Vilas, and many others.
|Year||Singles Champions||Doubles Champions||Mixed Champions|
|2023||Novak Djokovic||Rinky Hijikata and Jason Kubler||Luisa Stefani / RafaelMatos|
|2022||Rafael Nadal||Nick Kyrgios / Thanasi Kokkinakis||Ivan Dodig/Kristina Mladenovic|
|2021||Novak Djokovic||Filip Polasek / Ivan Dodig||Rajeev Ram/Barbora Krejčíková|
|2020||Novak Djokovic||Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury||Nikola Mektić/Barbora Krejčíková|
|2019||Novak Djokovic||Pierre-Hugues Herbert / Nicolas Mahut||Rajeev Ram/Barbora Krejčíková|
|2018||Roger Federer||Oliver Marach / Mate Pavic||Mate Pavić/Gabriela Dabrowski|
|2017||Roger Federer||John Peers / Henri Kontinen||Juan Sebastián Cabal/Abigail Spears|
|2016||Novak Djokovic||Bruno Soares / Jamie Murray||Bruno Soares/Elena Vesnina|
|2015||Novak Djokovic||Fabio Fognini / Simone Bolelli||Leander Paes/Martina Hingis|
|2014||Stan Wawrinka||Robert Lindstedt / Łukasz Kubot||Daniel Nestor/Kristina Mladenovic|
|2013||Novak Djokovic||Bob Bryan / Mike Bryan||Matthew Ebden/Jarmila Gajdošová|
Australian Open 2023 Prize Money and Points
The prize money for the 2023 Australian Open edition is set at a record A$76,500,000, an increase of 3.4% from the $75mil prize fund given last year. The prize money distribution is as follows:
|Stage||Singles Prize Money||Doubles Prize Money||Mixed Prize Money||ATP Points|
|Round of 16||A$338,000||A$67,250||A$12,650||180|
|Round of 32||A$227,925||A$46,500||A$6,600||90|
|Round of 64||A$158,850||A$30,975||——||45S,10D|
|Round of 128||A$106,250||——||——||10|
Australian Open 2023 Draws
The tournament will have 128 singles and 64 doubles draws that will be released as the event progresses. Australian Open officials have confirmed the 2023 draw will take place on Tuesday, January 12 (local time) with no time set in stone just yet. Entry is free but Tick is required for this event.
- Women’s singles: 128 competitors including 12 qualifiers and eight wildcards.
- Women’s doubles: 64 pairs, including up to seven wildcards.
- Mixed doubles: 32 pairs, including up to eight wildcards.
- Wheelchair singles: 8 competitors, including one wildcard.
- Quad wheelchair singles: 4 competitors, round-robin competition.
- Quad wheelchair doubles: 2 teams.
Australian Open 2023 Dates
The Australian Open will be held across 2 weeks from 16-29 January. The qualifying round will be conducted on the 5 days leading up to the main draw, from the 11th to the 15th of January.
Australian Open 2023 Schedule
The schedule for the Australian Open is as follows:
|Date||Singles Matches||Doubles Matches|
|16th January||Round 1||——|
|17th January||Round 1||——-|
|18th January||Round 2||Round 1|
|19th January||Round 2||Round 1|
|20th January||Round 3||Round 2|
|21st January||Round 3||Round 2|
|22nd January||Round 4||Round 3|
|23rd January||Round 4||Round 3|
|24th January||Quarter Finals||Quarter Finals|
|25th January||Quarter Finals||Quarter Finals|
Keep in mind the schedule may be subject to change.
Australian Open 2023 ATP Entry List
This year’s cast of participating players is as star-studded as ever. Not only are 2 of the Big Three in attendance, 9-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, and 2-time champion Rafael Nadal, but almost the entire top 100 players list is set to play in Melbourne.
There is a surprising number of runner-ups also in attendance including Marin Cilic (withdraw), Dominic Thiem, and 2-time runner-up Daniil Medvedev. Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 champion has been given a protected ranking to play at the event. With all of the top 5 in running for the top world no. 1 spot, this event is bound to be one of the most competitive ever. The reigning champion Rafael Nadal will be returning to defend his title and so will runner-up Daniil Medvedev. US open champion and currently world no 1 Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from event due to his ankle injury. The full player list is given below:
Australian Open 2023 Seeds
|12||Pablo Carreno Busta||13|
|16||Marin Cilic (withdraw)||17|
|20||Roberto Bautista Agut||21|
|23||Alex de Minaur||24|
|30||Alejandro Davidovich Fokina||31|
|Botic van de Zandschulp||35|
|Daniel Elahi Galan||67|
|Bernabe Zapata Miralles||72|
|Roberto Carballes Baena||74|
|Tomas Martin Etcheverry||79|
Nano Borges and Vasek Pospisil were the replacements for Gael Monfils and Kamil Majchrzak respectively upon their withdrawal from the event. Number 1 Player Carlos Alcaraz withdrew from Australian Open due to Ankle injury.
Australian Open 2023 Wild Cards
8 wild-card entries released as of 7 January are as follows:
- Dominic Thiem (102)
- Jason Kubler (107)
- Wu Yibing (116)
- Alexei Popyrin (120)
- Cristopher Eubanks (123)
- Luca Van Assche (139)
- John Millman (147)
- Rinky Hijikata (164)
Players that have received protected/special ranking are as follows:
- Stan Wawrinka (PR 22)
- Lloyd Harris (PR 47)
- Kyle Edmund (PR 48)
- Hugo Dellien (PR 73)
- Guido Pella (PR 75)
- Jeremy Chardy (PR 88)
- Attila Balázs
Australian Open 2023 ATP Qualifying Entry list
|6||Juan Pablo Varillas||105|
|9||Tim van Rijthoven||111|
Note that the player’s list may be subject to change.
Australian Open 2023 Doubles Seeds
|1||Wesley Koolhof / Neal Skupski|
|2||Rajeev Ram / Joe Salisbury|
|3||Marcelo Arevalo / Jean-Julien Rojer|
|4||Nikola Mektic / Mate Pavic|
|5||Ivan Dodig / Austin Krajicek|
|6||Lloyd Glasspool / Harri Heliovaara|
|7||Thanasi Kokkinakis / Nick Kyrgios|
|8||Marcel Granollers / Horacio Zeballos|
|9||Simone Bolelli / Fabio Fognini|
|10||Rohan Bopanna / Matthew Ebden|
|11||Jamie Murray / Michael Venus|
|12||Juan Sebastian Cabal / Robert Farah|
|13||Rafael Matos / David Vega Hernandez|
|14||Santiago Gonzalez / Edouard Roger-Vasselin|
|15||Andreas Mies / John Peers|
|16||Nicolas Mahut / Tim Puetz|
Australian Open 2023 Tickets
Tickets for the Australian Open are available for purchase. Entry and viewing for the singles events are free but require a ticket regardless. Tickets can be bought per day/night session or as multi-day bundles depending on the arena type. To learn more about the ticketing options, click the link below.
The tickets for the Australian Open 2023 finals have also been released. The Australian women’s singles final will cost AUD 299 while the men’s singles final ticket has been priced at AUD 1499. Ground Pass will be AUD 23.
Monday 16 January to 29 January Sunday. Qualifying will start on 11 January.
You can arrive at any time after 8 am. Entry will be at 8.30 am. From that, you can walk to AO Beach Bar.
NO, Carloz withdrew from AO 2023 due to his ankle injury.