Australian Open draw 2022: Novak Djokovic absent; Naomi Osaka returns


The draws for the 2022 Australian Open have been released four days before the start of the first Grand Slam tournament of the year. Only one of the defending champions will play.

Current Men’s No.1 Novak Djokovic has drawn the most attention in the draw. After being granted a medical exemption to travel to Australia despite not being vaccinated against COVID-19, he was denied entry into the country upon arrival. He won an appeal but then had his visa canceled a second time. He lost an appeal of that decision on Sunday and was forced to step down. He was expected to face world No. 78, fellow Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic, in the first round.

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

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Here is a summary of the other seeds heading into the Australian Open 2022, as well as the Americans who will be taking part in the tournament.

Men’s singles draw

The best players in the world

As the second seed, US Open champion Daniil Medvedev. He will face the Swiss Henri Laaksonen in the first round. Alexander Zverev is the No. 3 seed in the tournament. The young German is 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), comes in at No. 6. Nadal missed Wimbledon and the US Open the year last due to recurring injuries.

Three-time major winner and five-time Australian Open runner-up Andy Murray will play in Melbourne for the first time since 2019, but this time as a wild card. Murray has played on and off since having hip surgery in 2018. He will face No. 21 player 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) on 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

Fifteen American men are taking part in the Australian Open this year, including three seeds: Taylor Fritz (20th), John Isner (22nd) and Reilly Opelka (23rd). There is only one 100% American confrontation in the first round: Isner against Maxime Cressy.

Other American male players who have had Grand Slam runs in the past include Sam Querrey, Sebastian Korda, Steve Johnson and Frances Tiafoe.

Ladies single draw

The best players in the world

Australian Ashleigh Barty is the world No. 1 player. The two-time Grand Slam winner is yet to reach an Australian Open final in her career. Her first-round opponent is Lesia Tsurenko, a Ukrainian qualifier ranked 120th in the world.

2021 US Open champion Emma Raducanu (17th) will face American Sloane Stephens in the first round. Raducanu has become the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam tournament.

Spanish player Garbiñe Muguruza ranks third after winning the 2021 WTA Finals title. The two-time Grand Slam champion has reached the Australian Open final once, in 2020.

Many of the top 10 women in 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 (n°2), Barbora Krejcikova (n°4), Maria Sakkari (n°5), Anett Kontaveit (n°6), Iga Swiatek (n°7), Paula Badosa (n°8), Ons Jabeur (#9) and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (#10) complete the top 10 seeds in women’s singles.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams announced in early December that she would not be competing at the Australian Open this year.

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american players

Nineteen Americans are taking part in this year’s Grand Slam opener, including four seeds.

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

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

The other top seeded American players are Jessica Pegula (21st) and Danielle Collins (27th).

Full Australian Open draws

Male draw

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Women’s draw

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