Australian Open, 2022 draw: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns

The 2022 Australian Open draws have been officially released four days before the kick-off for the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. From now on, the two defending champions will play.

The current No.1 male player has drawn the most attention in the draw: Novak Djokovic. After being granted a medical exemption to travel to Australia despite not having been vaccinated against COVID-19, he was then refused entry to the country upon arrival. He appealed the visa issue, and the outcome has yet to be determined. Thus, Djokovic’s status for Melbourne is still uncertain, but he currently leads the men’s standings. He is set to face the world No.78 player, fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, in the first round.

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Defending champion Naomi Osaka will take part in this year’s tournament. Osaka took a hiatus from the sport after the US Open due to lingering mental health issues. She is the 13th seed and will face No.53 Colombian Camila Osorio in the first round.

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There are a few empty places left in the Australian Open draw, which are reserved for qualifying. Qualifying rounds will end on Friday January 14 to determine who will take the remaining spots.

Here is a rundown of the other seeds ahead of the 2022 Australian Open, with which the Americans will participate in the tournament.

Men’s single draw

The best players in the world

US Open champion Daniil Medvedev is in second place. He will face Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen in the first round. Alexander Zverev is the No. 3 player in the tournament. The young German has yet to win his first Grand Slam title.

Rafael Nadal, who is tied with Djokovic and Roger Federer for most Grand Slam titles won in men’s singles history (20), arrives at No.6. Nadal missed Wimbledon and the US Open of the year last due to recurring injuries.

Andy Murray, three-time Grand Slam winner and five-time Australian Open finalist, will play in Melbourne for the first time since 2019, but this time as a wild card. Murray has played occasionally since his hip surgery in 2018. He will face No.21 Nikoloz Basilashvili in the first round.

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4), Andrey Rublev (5), Matteo Berrettini (7), Casper Rudd (8), Felix Auger-Aliassime (9) and Hubert Hurkacz (10) finish among the top 10 seeds in the men’s singles.

Federer is expected to miss at least the first half of the year as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

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american players

So far, 13 American men have participated in this year’s Australian Open, including three seeds: Taylor Fritz (20), John Isner (22) and Reilly Opelka (23). There is only one all-American clash in the first round: Isner versus Maxime Cressy.

Sam Querrey, Sebastian Korda, Steve Johnson and Frances Tiafoe are other American tennis players who have competed in Grand Slams in the past.

Ladies’ single draw

The best players in the world

Australia’s Ashleigh Barty is the No. 1 player in the world. The two-time Grand Slam winner has yet to reach the Australian Open final of her career. His opponent in the first round remains to be determined.

2021 US Open winner Emma Raducanu (17) will face American Sloane Stephens in the first round. Raducanu became the very first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament last year.

Spanish player Garbiñe Muguruza sits third after winning the 2021 WTA Final title. The two-time Grand Slam champion has qualified once for the Australian Open final in 2020.

Many of the top 10 women at this year’s tournament are debutants, with a few former Australian Open champions now ranked lower. For example, 2016 champion Angelique Kerber is 16th this year.

Aryna Sabalenka (2), Barbora Krejcikova (4), Maria Sakkari (5), Anett Kontaveit (6), Iga Swiatek (7), Paula Badosa (8), Ons Jabeur (9) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (10) finish the les Top 10 seeds in the women’s singles draw.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams announced in early December that she would not compete in the Austrailan Open this year.

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american players

There will be at least 15 American players at this year’s Grand Slam opener, including four seeds.

The highest ranked American player is Sofia Kenin, No.11. She won the Australian Open in 2020 for her only Grand Slam victory to date. She will face her fellow American Madison Keys in the first round.

Young superstar Coco Gauff (18) has never made it past the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament. She will face Chinese player Qiang Wang in the first round.

Other favorite American players are Jessica Pegula (21) and Danielle Collins (27).

The full draws of the Australian Open

Male draw

Australian Open, 2022 draw: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns
(Australian Open Website)

Australian Open, 2022 draw: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns
(Australian Open Website)

Women’s draw

Australian Open, 2022 draw: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns
(Australian Open Website)

Australian Open, 2022 draw: Novak Djokovic in limbo; Naomi Osaka returns
(Australian Open Website)

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