Novak Djokovic tries to win his 10th title against Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 13: Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates a point against Australian Nick Kyrgios in an Arena Showdown charity match ahead of the 2023 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 13, 2023 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo credit should read Chris Putnam/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic is looking to catch Rafael Nadal in the Grand Slam history books. (Chris Putnam/Future Publishing via Getty Images)

The 2023 Australian Open will kick off what could be a dynamite tennis season for the men’s tour. Roger Federer may be retired and the official era of the “Big Three” is in the past, but there is enough talent and drama around.

The biggest news, for American tennis fans at least, is that American tennis players have a chance to stay through the very late rounds. Taylor Fritz reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at the 2022 Wimbledon Championships, and cracked the ATP top 10 by the end of the year. Frances Tiafoe dazzled the world with his magical run to the semi-finals of the US Open. And Ben Chilton, 20, who was in college this time last year, is ready to impress in his first full year on the Tour.

The last American man to win the Australian Open was Andre Agassi in 2003. This could be the year that changes.

When is the 2023 Australian Open?

The 2023 Australian Open starts on Monday and runs until January 29.

The men’s quarter-finals begin on January 23, and the men’s semi-finals will take place on January 26 and 27. The men’s singles final will take place on January 29 at 3:30 a.m. ET.

Who will not participate in the Australian Open?

Sadly, it will not be World No. 1 in Melbourne. Carlos Alcaraz injured his leg during training in early January and had to withdraw. Since he is not playing, his No. 1 ranking could be snatched away from him if Novak Djokovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas wins the title, or if Casper Rudd wins or makes the finals (as long as Tsitsipas does not beat him).

Men’s seed at the Australian Open

  1. Rafael Nadal

  2. Casper Road

  3. Stefanos Tsitsipas

  4. Novak Djokovic

  5. Andrey Rublev

  6. Felix Auger-Aliassime

  7. Daniel Medvedev

  8. Taylor Fritz

  9. Holger Ron

  10. Hubert Hurkach

  11. Cameron Nouri

  12. Alexander Zverev

  13. Matteo Berettini

  14. Pablo Carreno Busta

  15. Yannick Sinner

  16. Francis Tiafoe

players to watch

Rafael Nadal

Is Nadal ageless? This year, we’ll find out. The 36-year-old, injury-plagued, has not been impressive in the handful of matches he has played since withdrawing from Wimbledon last year. But he’s still Rafa, and he’s not done until he says so. A year earlier he was the surprise winner in Melbourne, and five months after that he won an unimaginable 14th French Open title. Injuries may have slowed him down, but they haven’t stopped him — until now, that is.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic has avoided deportation from Australia (unlike last year) and starts in 2023. In six tournaments since September, he’s reached the finals in one and has won four more. It was a strange last year for Djokovic, but he still managed to win Wimbledon despite missing significant time due to COVID-19 vaccine travel restrictions. Now he’s focused on chasing Nadal’s record 22 Grand Slam victories. He needs one to tie him down, and another one to stand alone in the history books.

Casper Road

Ruud had perhaps the quietest great season in all of tennis in 2022. He’s reached the finals at two Grand Slam tournaments, fighting through stacked fields to come off short against Nadal at the French Open and Alcaraz at the US Open. He has declared himself a top contender in 2022, and will look to match or improve his run in the fourth round.

Taylor Fritz

Fritz broke through in 2022 and finally sits in the top 10 as the highest-paid men’s singles player in America. He’s the best hope for an American champion, something he hasn’t done at the Australian Open since 2003. His best finish at the Australian Open came last year with a fourth-round exit.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 8: American Frances Tiafoe competes in the final against Italy's Lorenzo Musetti during Day 11 of the 2023 UNCUP at Ken Rosewall Arena on January 8, 2023 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Steve Christo - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

American Frances Tiafoe has +6600 odds of winning the Australian Open, according to odds makers BetMGM. (Photo by Steve Christo – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)

Francis Tiafoe

Tiafoe is ready to take on the world. The 24-year-old American harnessed his talent in 2022 and capped off the Grand Slam season with a strong run to the semi-finals of the US Open. He’s come quite far at the Australian Open before – finishing in the quarter-finals in 2019 – but consistency has always been an issue with him. Will we see the new and improved Tiafoe in Melbourne?

Nick Kyrgios

Editor’s note: Kyrgios withdrew from the tournament early Monday morningciting a knee injury.

2022 was the year of Kyrgyzstan. He finally figured out how to channel his huge personality, and it made a huge improvement. He came runner-up to Djokovic at Wimbledon and reached the quarterfinals at the US Open. Both were the best finishes of his careers so far, and if he can stay focused, 2023 could be even bigger.

Ben Shelton

At 20, Shilton is in his first full season on tour, and is traveling to the Australian Open as part of his first trip outside the United States. He secured his spot by upsetting Rudd, in the midst of a season break, in the second round of a Masters 1000 event. The 2022 SEC Player of the Year decided to forgo his collegiate eligibility, finish his online finance degree and join the ATP Tour. It’s greener than green, but it’s worth keeping an eye on.

Australian Open Tennis 2023 Men’s Odds

The absence of Carlos Alcaraz helps greatly against Djokovic. He is the favorite to win despite winning just one Grand Slam in 2022 and missing two more matches. (Though his previous nine Australian Open titles probably didn’t hurt.)

  • Novak Djokovic -120

  • Daniil Medvedev +600

  • Rafael Nadal +1400

  • Stefanos Tsitsipas +1400

  • Nick Kyrgios +1600

All odds courtesy of BetMGM.

How to watch the 2023 Australian Open

ESPN holds the broadcast rights to the 2023 Australian Open. Because Melbourne is 16 hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone, match coverage and in-studio analysis will begin on ESPN or ESPN2 in the evening, around 7-9pm ET.

Full court coverage will be available on ESPN+, and can be watched live or replayed later.

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