With the start of the year arriving, attention in the tennis playing world turns towards the first Grand Slam of the year – commencing at the end of January, with the Australian Open.
Few players have been able to dominate at one event in the way Novak Djokovic has at Melbourne Park – with the Serb clinching the Australian Open title on a remarkable 9 occasions.
As he goes in search of his record-breaking 10th title, the question marks over his vaccination status continue to intensify, with huge speculation as to whether he will actually be allowed to participate in the tournament if he has not been vaccinated.
Should Djokovic not make it to Melbourne in 2022, there will be a whole host of players looking to cash in on his absence, in what promises to be one of the most open Grand Slam tournaments in recent memory.
Here is a rundown of some of the front runners seeking glory at the 2022 Australian Open:
Whilst it appears nobody has any inside information as to whether Djokovic will participate at the Australian Open, the one certainty is that if the Serb does show up – he will be the man to beat.
Novak Djokovic has won the Australian Open men’s singles title 9 times and he is 7/5 to lift the title for a tenth time in 2022.
Only one other man in the draw has won the Australian Open title before, with than man being Rafael Nadal.
The Majorcan last won this famous tournament back in 2009 and has not notoriously played his best tennis at Melbourne Park but he could return refreshed after a lengthy lay-off at the end of 2021.
He is 12/1 to win his second Australian Open title but more pertinently, a Grand Slam win here would see him edge ahead of both Djokovic and Roger Federer in the all-time Grand Slam singles title list.
Russian world number two Daniil Medvedev has been on a steady incline through the ranks of world tennis in the last few years, with all of that culminating in his US Open win in September 2021. (Check odds and promo codes for free bets on the next US Open 2022).
Hard court is his surface, with his movement and ground stroke precision making him a very difficult prospect to play against.
At 2/1, Medvedev is one of the strong favorites in an open draw this year – especially if Djokovic were to not appear at Melbourne Park this year.
The next cab of the rank in effect is Olympic Gold medallist Alexander Zverevwho looked to have turned a corner in 2021 and his maiden Grand Slam triumph looks in touching distance.
He picked up the ATP World Tour Finals trophy at the back end of last season and looks to be finally fulfilling his potential on the biggest stage of all.
At 7/2 with Alexander Zverev looks an excellent value punt in a quite open field this year.
Greek superstar Stefanos Tsitsipas has always enjoyed a superb relationship with the Australian Open, making his breakthrough at the event back in 2019 when beating Roger Federer.
He has steadily climbed the ranks since then, sitting comfortably in the world’s top 10 and he looks ready to strike should any of the aforementioned big names slip up.
Currently priced at 12/1, Tsitsipas isn’t too well fancied this year, but he has the game and the seeding to make a significant impact in Melbourne in 2022.