Essential Australia Open Information
Unless you’ve been living under a rock or genuinely have no interest in tennis, then you’ll know something about the Australian Open. But if you don’t, then we’ve got you covered. One of the four Grand Slam tennis events (the others are Wimbledon, the US Open, and the French Open), the Australian Open was established in 1905. Over the past 115 years, it has grown to be one of the world’s largest tennis events. Until 1988, the tournament was played on grass courts, but it has played on hardcourt surfaces since then. Blue GreenSet has been in use since 2020. This may not sound important, but tennis players usually perform better on one type of surface over others, so it makes a difference.
Who’s Confident in the Men’s Competition?
Of all the players competing in the Australian Open, none will be as confident as Novak Djokovic, who won the tournament in 2019 and 2020. Can he make it three in a row? Given that he’s currently in the form of his life, it wouldn’t be a shock to see it happen. But this is tennis, a sport famous for its upsets. There’ll certainly be a few other contenders who think they can get the better of the Serb in Melbourne. Old rivals Rafel Nadal and Roger Federer are in with a chance, especially Nadal, while Russian Daniil Medvedev will be a popular outside choice for people using free bet offers.
If Djokovic is to win this year’s competition, then he’d be breaking his own record of most Australia Open victories. He currently has eight in his trophy cabinet. Federer isn’t far behind, however, with six of his own — and he’ll be eager to get one closer to the record. Djokovic is also chasing another target. His tally of 17 Grand Slam titles leaves him three behind both Federer and Nadal.
What To Expect From The Women’s Tournament
So what should we expect in the women’s tournament? The reigning champion is Sofia Kenin, who won the 2020 tournament to land her first Grand Slam title. While Kenin is most definitely in with a chance at the tournament, she’ll have to outdo her performance from last year if she’s going to make it two victories in a row. There is a history of consecutive victories, however, so who knows?
If it’s not Sofia Kenin, then you’d expect that the winner will come from a group that includes Naomi Osaka, Serena Williams, Bianca Andreescu, or Australian’s own Ashleigh Barty. All of these have a path towards glory, especially Barty, who is currently ranked as the best female player on the planet. You’d have to imagine that Osaka will have an extra point to prove in Melbourne, however. She won the tournament two years ago but was soundly beaten by 15 year old Coco Gauff in the third round in 2020. She’ll be as determined as anyone to make amends, and there’s no doubt that she has the quality to do so. Evergreen superstars Serena Williams, currently the holder of most Australian Open titles with seven, will also be looking to add to her tally.