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Australian summer of tennis 2023 schedule announced


The start of the 2023 tennis season is nearly upon us, with Tennis Australia confirming the full schedule for the events leading up to the Australian Open.

The international season begins with the debut of the inaugural United Cup, which takes place between 29th December and 8th January. The new 18 nation mixed team event starts with its group stages across Brisbane, Perth and Sydney before all heading to Sydney for the semi-finals.

Switzerland were the winners of the last Hopman Cup, which is a similar event to the United Cup, however they are now without 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer.

While that is going on there will also be a two-week festival of tennis held in Adelaide when South Australia hosts back-to-back WTA 500 and ATP 250 tournaments from 1st to 14th January.

In 2022 the Adelaide International 1 WTA 500 tournament was won by the now retired Ash Barty, who claimed the event on her way to the Australian Open title. Gael Monfils was victorious on the men’s side, winning his 11th singles title, but his year was tampered with a foot injury.

Novak Djokovic is expected to make his return to Australia this year at this event, alongside fellow Grand Slam champion Andy Murray and talented young Italian Jannik Sinner. Victoria Azarenka, who has entered both Adelaide events, is currently the biggest name in the women’s field.

The second Adelaide International event pulled up a more surprising winner in the men’s event, with Thanasi Kokkinakis triumphing in his home city. Madison Keys won her first title since 2019 earlier this year in the South Australia capital.

Kokkinakis has announced he will be returning to defend his title, with two time Grand Slam champion Petra Kvitova headlining the women’s field.

The Hobart International returns, after a hiatus in 2021, with the 28th edition of the WTA 250 event being held during the second week of January. Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina won the title in 2020 beating Zhang Shuai in the final.

Australian Open 2020 and Hobart International 2019 champion Sofia Kenin is the first to be announced for the event, and she will be looking to repeat those achievements after a tricky couple of years.

The action will reach a crescendo in Melbourne with Australian Open qualifying from the 9th January, before the main draw between the 16th to 29th January.

Ash Barty will not be there to defend her title after shockingly announcing her retirement in March. Rafael Nadal will be there to see if he can win a third crown in Melbourne after his astounding comeback win against Daniil Medvedev at the start of the year.

However, Nadal will have nine-time champion Djokovic to contend with this year, who has been granted a visa after being deported due to his vaccination status last year.

 

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Matthew Johns, Tennishead Writer, is a professional tennis journalist with a specialist degree in Sports Journalism. He's a keen tennis player having represented his local club and University plus he's also a qualified tennis coach. Matthew has a deep knowledge of tennis especially the ATP Tour and thrives on breaking big tennis news stories for Tennishead.