A powerful Grand Slam season from the Australian enjoying contingent has laid the inspiration for an thrilling Australian Open 2023.
Seven Australian gamers claimed Grand Slam titles in 2022, essentially the most to take action in nearly 5 a long time. An extra 13 contested main finals in one of the crucial profitable seasons in Australia’s proud Grand Slam historical past.
Canberra’s Nick Kyrgios posted career-best outcomes at Wimbledon and the US Open, knocking out high five-ranked opponents at each occasions. His headline-making run on the All England Membership made him the primary Australian man to succeed in a Grand Slam singles ultimate in 17 years.
However the 27-year-old’s career-best yr started at Australian Open 2022, when he partnered with Thanasi Kokkinakis to win the lads’s doubles title. The wildcard pairing eradicated 4 seeded groups in an electrifying run to develop into the primary all-Australian champions on the match in 25 years.
Kyrgios and Kokkinakis have each since damaged into the world’s high 20 in doubles and established themselves as one of many world’s greatest groups.
This confidence-boosting efficiency has additionally translated to singles success. Kokkinakis rose to his highest singles rating in seven years, whereas Kyrgios returned to the world’s high 20.
The Particular Okay’s beat Matt Ebden and Max Purcell within the first all-Aussie males’s doubles decider on the Australian Open since 1980 and attracted the most important viewers for a males’s doubles ultimate in Australian tv historical past.
That was solely the start for Ebden and Purcell, who claimed their first Grand Slam title as a crew at Wimbledon — the primary all-Australian champions on the match in 22 years. They bravely saved match factors in two matches throughout their title-winning run, a match first.
This triumph additionally marked the primary time since 1982 that two totally different all-Australian groups have clinched Grand Slam males’s doubles titles in the identical season.
— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) October 12, 2022
Alex de Minaur and Jason Kubler loved career-best runs at Wimbledon too, reaching the fourth spherical.
With Ajla Tomljanovic additionally progressing to that stage within the women’ draw, it marked Australia’s greatest consequence on the match since 1999.
De Minaur, who was Australia’s top-performing man with a maiden fourth-round look at Australian Open 2022, stays a top-30 pressure, whereas Kubler has re-established himself contained in the world’s high 100.
Like Kyrgios, Kubler’s resurgence started on the doubles courtroom at AO 2022 when he teamed with Jaimee Fourlis to succeed in the blended doubles ultimate.
|Australians at Grand Slams in 2022 – By the numbers
|13||Australian gamers contested Grand Slam finals in 2022|
|7||Australians gained Grand Slam titles in 2022 (Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Matt Ebden, Max Purcell, Storm Sanders, John Friends)|
|8||Australian gamers reached Australian Open finals (Ash Barty, Nick Kyrgios, Thanasi Kokkinakis, Matt Ebden, Max Purcell, Dylan Alcott, Jaimee Fourlis, Jason Kubler)|
|1||Australian participant reached Roland Garros finals (Heath Davidson)|
|4||Australian gamers reached Wimbledon finals (Nick Kyrgios, Matt Ebden, Max Purcell, Sam Stosur)|
|3||Australian gamers reached US Open finals (Storm Sanders, John Friends, Saalim Naser)|
Ash Barty memorably created historical past of her personal in 2022, changing into the primary native to say the Australian Open ladies’s singles title in 44 years.
Her thrilling victory towards American Danielle Collins within the championship match was the highest-rating ladies’s ultimate on Australian tv in historical past, with the viewers peaking at 4.2 million viewers.
Tomljanovic turned the primary Australian girl to succeed in singles quarterfinals at each Wimbledon and US Open in the identical season since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1979.
The 29-year-old has scored 5 top-20 wins in a career-best season and rose to a career-high rating of world No.34. A steely third-round victory towards 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams on the US Open additional highlighted her improved means to thrive on the game’s greatest stage.
A resurgent Daria Saville loved an distinctive season in her return from an Achilles harm. From a rating of world No.627 in February, the 28-year-old soared again into the world’s high 50.
Sadly, this beautiful momentum was stalled by a knee harm. Saville underwent surgical procedure final week and faces one other prolonged stint on the sidelines.
Storm Sanders and Ellen Perez are thriving in ladies’s doubles, with each making their top-20 debuts this season.
Sanders achieved a career-high rating of world No.12 in June. The 28-year-old additionally claimed her first Grand Slam title within the US Open blended doubles competitors alongside compatriot John Friends. The duo, who have been competing collectively for the primary time and have become the primary all-Australian champions in New York in 21 years, plan to hitch forces once more at Melbourne Park this summer time.
Perez achieved a career-high rating of world No.16 final month. The 27-year-old has superior to finals in 4 of her previous 5 tournaments alongside American companion Nicole Melichar-Martinez. The in-form pair have been additionally US Open semifinalists, Perez’s greatest main consequence so far.
The enduring Sam Stosur contested her 16th profession Grand Slam ultimate, ending runner-up alongside Ebden within the Wimbledon blended doubles competitors. The 38-year-old’s doubles rating peaked at world No.8 this season, her highest place in 12 years.
Following Dylan Alcott’s Australian Open 2022 farewell, Heath Davidson has proudly taken the mantle because the nation’s main quad wheelchair participant.
World No.5 Davidson was a singles semifinalist on the Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon this season and likewise superior to the doubles ultimate at Paris.
Feats achieved by Australian gamers at Grand Slam-level in 2022 embody:
|For the primary time in 17 years, an Australian man contested a Grand Slam singles ultimate|
|For the primary time in 18 years, an all-Australian crew reached the Wimbledon blended doubles ultimate|
|For the primary time in 21 years, an all-Australian crew gained the US Open blended doubles title|
|For the primary time in 22 years, an all-Australian crew gained the Wimbledon gents’s doubles title|
|For the primary time in 22 years, 9 Australians superior to the Australian Open males’s doubles third spherical|
|For the primary time in 22 years, an Australian girl progressed to back-to-back Wimbledon singles quarterfinals|
|For the primary time in 23 years, 4 Australian gamers superior to the Wimbledon singles fourth spherical|
|For the primary time in 25 years, an all-Australian crew gained the Australian Open males’s doubles title|
|For the primary time in 25 years, six Australian males superior to the US Open singles second spherical|
|For the primary time in 37 years, six Australian gamers certified at Wimbledon|
|For the primary time in 39 years, 4 Australian ladies certified at Wimbledon|
|For the primary time in 40 years, two totally different all-Australian groups claimed a Grand Slam males’s doubles title|
|For the primary time in 42 years, the Australian Open males’s doubles ultimate featured 4 Australian gamers|
|For the primary time in 43 years, an Australian girl reached singles quarterfinals at each Wimbledon and the US Open|
|For the primary time in 44 years, an Australian gained the Australian Open ladies’s singles title|
|For the primary time in 45 years, seven Australian gamers gained Grand Slam titles in the course of the season|
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— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) October 12, 2022
Australian Open 2023, supported by main companion Kia in affiliation with Emirates, Luzhou Laojiao and Rolex, will happen at Melbourne Park from 16-29 January 2023.