2023 Australian Open Recap

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2023 Australian Open Recap

The 2023 Australian Open is complete.

Two deserving champions have been crowned. On the women’s side, Sabalenka raised her level all week and won her first Grand Slam trophy. On the men’s side, Djokovic returned after being deported from Australia last year and won his 10th title and 22nd overall Grand Slam title, tying him with Nadal. It was a fitting end to the two-week tournament with two deserving champions. Let’s look at the biggest storylines:

American men’s tennis makes a statement

Sebastian Korda took out Daniil Medvedev for the biggest win of his career, and although his run ended at the hands of Kachanov, making the quarters was career-defining for this youngster. Another American youngster in the quarters was Ben Shelton, who showed poise in his run at the Australian Open. The best run of them all though was Tommy Paul’s run to the semis where he ran into Djokovic. Unfortunately for the top two American men, Tiafoe and Fritz, things didn’t go so well. Although Tiafoe gets an honorable mention for his amazing outfit. You too can look like Tiafoe!

Djokovic is a level above everyone else

Djokovic is now back to number one in the world. It’s impressive considering he missed two of the four Grand Slams last year and although he won Wimbledon, no points were awarded. He now owns 10 Australian Opens and counting. Nobody came close to beating him at this year’s event. He now puts himself once again in a position to potentially capture the calendar year Grand Slam. He’s got a legitimate shot at the French, as well as Wimbledon and the US Open. There is no evidence of the Djokovic train slowing down.

Australian tennis needs Kyrgios

Let’s hope Kyrgios can recover from his injury quickly because, without him, it was a pretty dull Australian Open from the Aussie perspective. De Minaur was thrashed by Djokovic and Kokkinakis was dismissed in the second round by Murray. Hopefully, we’ll get a healthy Kyrgios at next year’s Australian Open.

Rybakina is establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with

She’s the defending Wimbledon champion and now the runner-up at the Australian Open. Although Sabalenka was the better player at this Grand Slam, Rybakina has now participated in two out of the last three Grand Slam finals. With her smooth game and confident groundstrokes, the future looks mighty bright for Rybakina. She’ll now be firmly in the top 10.

On to the French Open!

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