It’s set to be a blockbuster season, with top players and controversial storylines.
Introduction: Tennis has been an eventful sport in recent years- but the Australian Open is 2019’s biggest drawcard yet after Novak Djokovic was controversially banned from playing Andy Murray at this year’s tournament. The Serbian star will now miss out on his first grand slam since returning from injury while tennis’ most decorated player looks likely to return for what could potentially be her farewell appearance. Let us take you through everything you need to know before the big day arrives!

The “australian open 2022” is the name for the tennis tournament that will take place in Melbourne, Australia from 16 January to 28 January. The event will be a part of the 2019 ATP World Tour and it will be preceded by an exhibition to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2022 preview: Emma Raducanu & Andy Murray play amid Novak Djokovic row

Emma Raducanu and Andy MurrayAt the Australian Open, Emma Raducanu is seeded 17th, while Andy Murray has been awarded a wildcard.

The dates are January 17th through January 30th. Melbourne Park is the location for this event.
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When the Australian Open, which is still shrouded by the Novak Djokovic scandal, begins on Monday, Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray will lead the British interest.

Raducanu, 19, enters the first Grand Slam of the 2022 season as the most recent women’s major winner, with all eyes on her to see how she follows up her US Open victory in September.

Murray, 34, is on the other extreme of the professional spectrum. The five-time finalist is returning to Melbourne for the first time since an emotional press conference there in 2019, when he announced his intention to retire from the sport due to an approaching hip surgery.

In the singles draws, Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, and Liam Broady are joined by five other Britons: Cameron Norrie, Dan Evans, Heather Watson, Harriet Dart, and Liam Broady.

The issue surrounding Djokovic, who won the men’s championship for a record eighth time last year, has dominated the competition.

The 34-year-old Serb has been practicing at Melbourne Park but fears deportation due to a dispute over his vaccination exemption, which has resulted in his visa being canceled for the second time.

On Sunday, a hearing on the appeal will be held. Djokovic is scheduled to play his first match on Monday if he wins.

After recovering from an injury, Naomi Osaka of Japan will defend her women’s singles championship, while world number one Ashleigh Barty will attempt to end Australia’s 44-year wait for a home champion.

What will Raducanu do now that she has won the US Open?

Nobody thought Raducanu would win a major championship before the 2021 Australian Open. It’s also tough to predict how the British adolescent will perform in 2022.

Raducanu’s development in her first full season on the WTA Tour will undoubtedly be exciting to watch.

Expectations should be modest, and winning back-to-back Grand Slams with a victory in Melbourne is unlikely.

Such an achievement would defy the odds once again. Osaka is the first woman in the last two decades to win her second Grand Slam championship after winning her first.

Raducanu also gets a difficult start, as she will face 2017 US Open winner Sloane Stephens in the first round.

She is rated 18th in the world and lost 6-0 6-1 against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina in Sydney when she played for the first time in 2022 after acquiring Covid last month.

“Even if I keep falling down, it’s just about getting back up and falling in front,” she added afterwards.

“You’ve progressed one step, and you’ve learned more.”

Emma Raducanu, the US Open winner, has been named Sports Personality of the Year for 2021.

Murray pays a moving visit to Melbourne.

Murray stunned everyone three years ago when he sadly said that he felt his magnificent career was nearing to an end at Melbourne Park.

Now, the three-time Grand Slam winner makes a touching return to the tournament after resuming his career despite a metal hip and a slew of other ailments.

Murray, who is ranked 135th in the world, was given a wildcard to the Australian Open by tournament organizers, and he remains optimistic about reaching the finals of big events once again.

His confidence was bolstered by encouraging results at the end of 2021, and he followed it up by reaching the Sydney final, where he was defeated on Saturday by Russian top seed Aslan Karatsev.

“It’s not a goal of mine to go to a certain ranking, like in the next year,” Murray said before the match. “But increasing your ranking and moving yourself up into the top 50, top 30, top 20 enables you to get seeded in tournaments.”

“It may make it simpler to get better draws or a better run in a big tournament. Having successful runs in major events has a lot of advantages.”

Murray will begin his Melbourne campaign against Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, the 21st seed, whom he defeated in the Sydney final.

Will Norrie be able to maintain his 2021 success? What about the rest of the British?

During Murray’s injury struggles, Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans have alternated as the nation’s top men’s players, and both are coming off career-best seasons heading into 2022.

Norrie, 26, is ranked 12th in the world after accurately forecasting that he will have a breakout year on the ATP Tour.

The left-biggest hander’s achievement came in October, when he won the renowned Indian Wells tournament, propelling him into the world’s top 15 and displacing Evans as the British number one.

Norrie will now want to sustain that level of performance and carry it over to the Grand Slam competitions. He has never advanced beyond the third round in 16 main-draw outings at the majors.

Cameron Norrie returns a ball at the ATP CupCameron Norrie has yet to win in 2022, having lost all three of his ATP Cup matches.

Last season, Evans, 31, won his first ATP title – at the Murray River Open in Melbourne – and maintained his strong form to reach a career-high ranking of 22nd.

This year has started off well as well. Evans reached the ATP Cup semi-finals in Sydney after winning all three of his singles matches.

After Johanna Konta’s retirement, Raducanu will be joined in the women’s singles draw by Watson, the only other British player with automatic entrance based on ranking.

Dart, 25, qualified by defeating Australian wildcard Kimberly Birrell on Friday and will face 2020 French Open winner Iga Swiatek in the first round.

Broady, 28, qualified for the main draw for the first time with a comeback victory against Roman Safiullin of Russia. His reward is a match against Nick Kyrgios, a fan favorite at home.

Joe Salisbury, a two-time Grand Slam winner, leads the British campaign in the doubles with American Rajeev Ram.

Along with Jamie Murray, Neal Skupski, Jonny O’Mara, Dom Inglot, Ken Skupski, and Lloyd Glasspool, there are six more Britons competing.

Alfie Hewett, a five-time Grand Slam singles winner, competes in the wheelchair draws after being assured he may continue his career. He was informed in 2019 that he would be unable to compete due to changing categorization regulations.

Gordon Reid is attempting to repeat his 2016 victory in the doubles and is resuming his dominating combination with Hewett.

Lucy Shuker participates in the women’s singles, while Andy Lapthorne, the five-time doubles winner, is the only American in the quad draw.

If Djokovic is unable to compete, who are the men’s favorites?

The emphasis on what may happen on the court in Melbourne has been utterly overwhelmed by Djokovic’s off-court drama.

The Serb was the clear favorite to win a record-extending 10th championship after dominating the event for the last decade – and the men’s circuit again last year.

Daniil Medvedev of Russia is the second seed and the most recent Grand Slam winner, having defeated Djokovic in the US Open final in September to win his maiden major.

Rafael Nadal of Spain, who is tied for 20 Grand Slam singles championships with Djokovic and the ailing Roger Federer, is also a candidate after recovering from injury and a positive Covid test last month.

The sixth seed looked excellent in a warm-up event last week in Melbourne, but facing a higher level of competition over five sets will be a challenge for the 35-year-old.

Alexander Zverev of Germany is hoping to build on a strong finish to 2021 by winning a Grand Slam championship, while Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, another first-time major winner, says he expects to be “playing at 100 percent” as he recovers from elbow surgery.

Federer of Switzerland is remains out due to a long-standing knee problem, while Dominic Thiem of Austria is also out due to a wrist ailment.

Australian Open men's top eight seeds

Can Barty put an end to Australia’s long wait?

Ashleigh BartyOnly Steffi Graf (186), Serena Williams (186), Martina Navratilova (156) and Chris Evert (156) have held the world number one position for more weeks than Barty (113)

Ashleigh Barty, the reigning WTA Tour champion and two-time Grand Slam winner, returns to defend her title and is the clear favorite to win.

The 25-year-old Queenslander, who won Wimbledon last year, is the favourite to win the Australian Open for the first time since 1978.

Barty has been the world’s number one player for 110 weeks and won the Adelaide championship in her first event back after finishing her 2021 season in October.

After retiring from her semi-final at the Melbourne Summer Set due to injury, Osaka, 24, is anticipated to be fit.

When she returns to Grand Slam play, the two-time winner is seeded 13th. After the US Open, the Japanese athlete took a four-month hiatus from the sport as part of a year-long effort to safeguard her mental health.

Serena Williams will miss out on a chance to capture a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles championship, after the 40-year-old American said last month that she was not “physically fit” to participate.

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