Djokovic Set to Return on Australian Open: Nine-time Australian Open men’s singles champion Novak Djokovic expressed hope that he will get a warm welcome when he returns to the tournament next month, a year after he was deported due to his unvaccinated status. The world number five was pleased that the ban was reversed and he hopes to win his 10th title in Melbourne and equal Rafael Nadal in Grand Slam title wins with 22. According to Djokovic, he still loves playing in Australia despite the ban and he hopes to have a “decent” reception in Melbourne despite the things that happened early this year.
The Serbian, who finished his 2022 season with a flourish, winning titles in Tel Aviv, Astana and the Association of Tennis Professionals Finals in Turin, Italy, will be one of the favorites to win the Australian Open men’s singles crown, tennis betting experts said. His consistency in various surfaces makes him feared in ATP circuit and his return in the Australian Open will make him the top oddsmakers choice.
Djokovic Set to Return on Australian Open: Swiatek in Forbes Highest-Paid Female Athletes List
Women’s singles world number one Iga Swiatek has expressed happiness on her landing in the fifth spot on Forbes list of the world’s highest-paid female athletes. Forbes said that Swiatek earned USD14.9 million over the past year, with USD9.9 million coming from tournament prize money. The 21-year-old Pole hopes to get more income from endorsements to raise her earnings in the future. Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams were the top two athletes on the list with the Japanese earning USD51.1 million while the American making USD41.3 million. Swiatek won eight titles this year, including two Grand Slams. She hopes to bring her success in 2023 with the Australian Open kicking off her Grand Slam chase in the coming weeks.
Venus Williams Gains Australian Open, Auckland Wildcards
American Venus Williams will play in the main draws of the Australian Open and Auckland Women’s Tennis Association tournament as a wildcard. The seven-time Grand Slam champion will be in the women’s singles field in Auckland before the Australian Open that will kick off on January 16. This will mark the 42-year-old Williams’ 22nd stint at Melbourne Park. She reached the finals in 2003 and 2017. Her most recent appearance in Australia was in 2021 where she made the second round. Williams expressed excitement upon her return to Melbourne. She looks forward to making more memories in the Australian Open.
She will use the Auckland tournament as her warm-up for the Australian Open. Williams will compete alongside former US Open champions Emma Raducanu and Sloane Stephens and 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Williams’ return in the first Grand Slam tournament of 2023 will bring further excitement despite the fact that she will not be one of the top favorites in WTA betting odds going into the Australian Open. However, the older sister of Serena Williams will bring additional starpower when the event opens in the next three weeks.