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Australian Open 2022: start date, players, winners’ predictions

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Where to watch the Australian Open 2022?

The Australian Tennis Summer will take place on the Nine Network as part of their Wide World of Sports coverage. You can watch coverage of the main events on Channel 9 throughout the tournament and watch every match on their free 9Now streaming service.

Which Australian tennis players are participating in the 2022 Australian Open?

This year, Australians will have their fair share of players (and former champions) to seek out.

In what will be his last tournament after announcing his retirement at the end of last year, Dylan Alcott will return to defend his wheelchair quad title one last time. The world number 1 has won the title for seven consecutive years and will aim to win the top prize for an eighth and final time.

Ash Barty will look to save his victories at Wimbledon in 2021 and at Roland Garros 2019, with his very first victory at the Aus Open. The world No.1 is expected to perform well on the blue courts, having reached the quarter-finals in 2021 and winning other Grand Slam titles in recent years.

World number 34 Alex de Minaur will return to compete in the men’s singles event. The fan-favorite Australian tennis star reached the third round last year and is on a roll after beating world number 7 Matteo Berrettini this week at the ATP Cup in Sydney.

Other Australians include James Duckworth, Nick Kyrgios, John Millman, Alexei Popyrin and Jordan Thompson on the men’s side. Astra Sharma and Ajla Tomljanovic in women.

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Who currently holds the Australian Open title?

Novak Djokovic defeated Daniil Medvedev in the men’s singles grand final, while Naomi Osaka defeated Jennifer Brady in the women’s singles grand final.

Joachim Gérard beat Alfie Hewett in Men’s Wheelchair Singles, Diede de Groot beat Yui Kamiji in Women’s Wheelchair Singles, Dylan Alcott beat Sam Schröder in Wheelchair Quadruple Singles.

Who should win the 2022 Australian Open?

Sure to change depending on early match performance – and whether or not some tennis players arrive in the country – here is who is currently likely to win and be named a finalist in the Men’s and Women’s Singles according to SportsBet:

Predicted winner of men’s singles: Novak Djokovic

Finalist expected in men’s singles: Daniil Medvedev

Predicted Winner of Women’s Singles: Ash Barty

Planned finalist in women’s singles: Naomi Osaka

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What are the COVID-19 and vaccination rules?

Players, support staff, officials, fans and anyone wishing to attend tennis must be fully immunized or have medical exemption. Excluding people under 12 years and two months old.

International players had to show proof of a negative test within 72 hours before traveling to Australia, where they were to self-isolate until they tested negative again upon arrival.

But, not all the stars returned negative tests when they arrived.

Who withdrew from the 2022 Australian Open?

Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the ATP Cup, with an ongoing debate over whether or not he will compete in the Australian Open due to the vaccination mandate. The tennis player has not confirmed whether or not he has been vaccinated, but does not support the warrant.

Dominic Thiem withdrew from the ATP Cup and later announced his withdrawal from the AO due to an illness unrelated to COVID.

US Open champion Emma Raducanu withdrew from the pre-event in Melbourne after testing positive for COVID-19. Canadian Denis Shapovalov returned a positive test after landing in Australia and withdrew from the ATP Cup while isolating himself. Likewise, Russian player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova isolates herself after testing positive upon arrival.

Meanwhile, players Andrey Rublev, Rafael Nadal, Ons Jabeur and Belinda Bencic have all tested positive after the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi at the end of December.

Rublev has announced that he will reassess his participation in the AO if he recovers in time, while Nadal has already tested negative and returned to court for the ATP Cup.

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The Australian Open will be broadcast on Channel 9 and 9Now from January 17 to 30, 2022.

Cory E. Barnes

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