With the Australian Open approaching, tennis season is already in full swing.
Here, PA News Agency looks at some of the key talking points ahead of the first Grand Slam in 2023.
Djokovic aiming for 10 in comeback
it’s almost like it’s written in the stars Novak Djokovic After last year’s drama, she returns to Melbourne to win her 10th singles title.
Twelve months ago, a Serb was deported after being denied entry to Australia for refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.
Entry requirements have now been relaxed, so the nine-time champion, who won in Adelaide last week, is free to target the Perfect 10.
Radukhanu fitness competition
Days after she said her main goal for 2023 was to stay healthy, Emma Raducanu During a warm-up event in New Zealand, he suffered an ankle injury that hampered his preparations for the tournament.
Her participation remains in doubt just days after its launch, a cruel blow for the British star.
After a tough first year on the tour, defined by his inability to stay fit, Radukhanu is off to a serious start in 2023 and has been on a roll since his memorable US Open win. I would have wanted to land my first real blow at a Grand Slam.
Does Murray move?
by someone else’s standards Andy Murray Enjoyed a great 2022 season. He reached the final in Stuttgart and won his 700th match on the ATP Tour, returning to the top 50 in the world, but all metal playing on his hip.
2018 was a year of progress for the three-time Grand Slam champion Murray, but on the biggest stages Murray was frustrated with his results.
A deep run in one of the major tournaments was the only thing he couldn’t handle, and he hasn’t made it past the third round since a hip problem. He is his five-time finalist in Melbourne and this year he hopes to at least advance to week two.
Who Can Challenge Iga?
As long as the women’s match appears to be open, any of the competitors making the main draw appears likely to win, Iga Spheretec An outstanding star.
She won the French Open and the US Open in 2022 and went 37 matches undefeated in an impressive run. Without Ashleigh Barty at home this year, Swirtek hopes to continue her dominance by completing her first Grand Slam at Down Under.
Ounce JabourJessica Pegula and Caroline Garcia should be her main challengers, but we’ll never know on the women’s tour.
Brit Tastic Effort
There is a strong British contingent Down Under, with plenty of depth below the headline stars of Murray and Ladukanu.
A lot of attention will be focused on Jack Draper, a landmark grand slam. The 21-year-old is currently ranked within the top 50 and hopes to at least match his third-round run at the US Open.
Cameron Norrie is probably the UK’s biggest hope in the men’s draw and Dan Evans has had some success in Australia in the past. but Katie Boulter missed.
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