Preparations for the Australian Open will proceed within the second week of January when eight of the world’s prime ten girls converge onto Sydney Olympic Park for the Sydney Worldwide.
The Hobart Worldwide will present some lower-ranked gamers with some worthwhile match apply as properly.
That each one leads as much as the primary Grand Slam match of 2019, wherein Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are the defending champions.
January 6 – 12 2019
Defending champions: Daniil Medvedev (RUS) and Angelique Kerber (GER)
Drawcards – males: Kyle Edmund (GBR), Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), Daniil Medvedev (RUS), Alex de Minaur (AUS), Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Drawcards – girls: Simona Halep (ROU), Angelique Kerber (GER), Naomi Osaka (JPN), Sloane Stephens (USA), Petra Kvitova (CZE), Karolina Pliskova (CZE), Ashleigh Barty (AUS)
Sydney will play host to its greatest line-up lately, with reigning Subsequent era Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas main a males’s area which additionally consists of reigning Sydney titlist Daniil Medvedev and Australia’s highest-ranked male participant, Alex de Minaur.
20-year-old Tsitsipas made a reputation for himself in 2018, reaching 4 finals and profitable two of them, together with defeating de Minaur within the ultimate of the Subsequent era ATP Finals in Milan.
Along with reaching a career-high rating of world quantity fifteen, he was additionally named the ATP’s Most Improved Participant.
It was at Sydney Olympic Park final 12 months the place de Minaur, displaying maturity past his age, made his profession breakthrough when he reached the ultimate, solely to go all the way down to Medvedev in three units.
The Spanish-based Aussie went on to achieve the third spherical at Wimbledon, taking place to Rafael Nadal, in addition to on the US Open the place he received the primary two units in opposition to Marin Cilic earlier than dropping in 5 hard-fought units.
He additionally reached two additional finals in Washington and Milan the place he misplaced to Alexander Zverev and Stefanos Tsitsipas, respectively. These spectacular outcomes led to him being recognised because the ATP’s Newcomer of the 12 months.
French showman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has accepted a wildcard into the occasion, as he seems to rebuild his rating following an injury-plagued 2018 season which noticed him drop out of the worlds prime 200.
Meantime, the ladies’s area is the strongest it has ever been, with eight of the worlds prime ten in motion together with world primary Simona Halep, defending champion Angelique Kerber and reigning US Open champion Naomi Osaka.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova can even be in motion after accepting a wildcard into the occasion, as will Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, who took out the WTA Elite Trophy final month.
January 7 – 12 2019
Defending champion: Elise Mertens (BEL)
Drawcards: Zhang Shuai (CHN), Maria Sakkari (GRE), Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)
With no prime 20 gamers collaborating in Hobart, organisers might be going through a large problem in getting crowds to its occasion. Even so, they will nonetheless anticipate to be handled to some good high quality tennis from the sphere.
Nearly the one massive names within the area are former Australian Open quarter-finalists Zhang Shuai and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
The latter received her 12th profession title in Strasbourg in dramatic circumstances, defeating Dominika Cibulkova in a championship match that lasted over three-and-a-half hours.
The Russian described it as being “one of the crucial dramatic matches [she] has ever performed” as she was pressured to save lots of a number of match factors earlier than touchdown the title in one of many longest non-Grand Slam matches of the 2018 WTA season.
Belgian Elise Mertens is not going to return to defend her title.
January 14 – 27 2019
Defending champions: Roger Federer (SUI) and Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)
Males: Novak Djokovic (SRB), Rafael Nadal (ESP), Roger Federer (SUI), Alexander Zverev (GER), Juan Martin del Potro (ARG)
Ladies: Simona Halep (ROU), Angelique Kerber (GER), Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), Naomi Osaka (JPN), Serena Williams (USA)
Lastly, two weeks of intense preparation will culminate within the first Grand Slam match of 2019, the Australian Open, which could have a unique really feel to it.
It was introduced in June final 12 months that the 9 Community’s authentic deal to televise the occasion between 2020-24 had been introduced ahead by twelve months, bringing an finish to the Seven Community’s 45-year affiliation with the match.
A brand new rule change was additionally introduced into impact not too long ago, with a tiebreak to be performed within the ultimate set when the rating reaches six-all, however in contrast to in different units, will probably be the primary to 10.
This sadly means no extra marathon matches, resembling these we noticed between Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka in 2013 and 2014, in addition to that between Simona Halep and Lauren Davis (15-13 within the ultimate set), and between Halep and Angelique Kerber this 12 months.
With Wimbledon additionally introducing a tiebreak at 12-all within the ultimate set of matches, it means the French Open is the one main match wherein play can proceed indefinitely previous 6-all till a participant establishes a two-game benefit, although you get the sensation they might quickly introduce the same rule within the not-too-distant future.
Anyway, let’s get into the preview of the match, the place Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are the defending champions within the males’s and girls’s fields respectively.
The Swiss Maestro’s chase for a milestone 100th title will proceed in Melbourne, having fallen agonisingly brief a number of instances up to now six or so months, together with dropping to Borna Coric and Novak Djokovic within the finals at Halle and Cincinnati, respectively.
The 37-year-old needed to be stretched to his limits so as to win his previous two Australian Open titles, edging previous Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
He’ll face some real challenges from the likes of Djokovic, whose win in Cincinnati noticed him full a Golden Masters Slam, in addition to Rafael Nadal, who might be trying to finish a double profession Grand Slam, and reigning ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev.
Nadal, particularly, might be hoping to place an finish to a curse Down Below which has plagued him since defeating Federer within the 2009 ultimate to win his solely Australian Open title.
Since then, the Spaniard has been pressured to retire from two quarter-final matches (in 2010 and 2018) resulting from damage, misplaced three finals (to Djokovic in 2012, Stan Wawrinka in 2014 and Roger Federer final 12 months), missed 2013 altogether resulting from damage and bought knocked out within the first spherical in 2016.
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Within the girls’s area, all eyes might be on tremendous mum Serena Williams, who will try, as soon as once more, to equal Margaret Courtroom’s file of 24 Grand Slam singles titles, having fallen agonisingly brief at Wimbledon and the US Open, the place she misplaced the championship matches to Angelique Kerber and Naomi Osaka, respectively.
This might be Osaka’s first match as a Main champion, having received her maiden title in relatively bittersweet circumstances in September whereas, for Caroline Wozniacki, defending the title she received final 12 months would be the first main problem of her profession.
World primary Simona Halep can even be hoping to assert her second Grand Slam title and first on the Australian Open, whereas Angelique Kerber, who will flip 31 throughout the first week of the match, can even be seeking to land her fourth Main title and second in Melbourne.
A full preview of the Australian Open might be offered nearer to the match beginning.