Who will succeed Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty? L’Australian Openthe first major event of the season tennis, will take place from January 16 to 29, 2023 in Melbourne. The Grand Slam tournament can be followed live on the Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 channels. But also on the Eurosport mobile application and the Eurosport.fr website.
Due to the time difference, you will have to stay up late, or wake up early in the night to watch the best tennis players on the planet. The matches will begin at 1 a.m. French time (11 a.m. in Australia). Night-sessions will also be scheduled around 9 a.m. (7 p.m. in Melbourne). The finals will take place at 9:30 a.m. French time (7:30 p.m. in Australia).
For the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, Eurosport has brought together a team of prestigious consultants, including former world number one Justine Hénin. She will be accompanied, among others, by Arnaud Di Pasquale, Arnaud Clément and Jean-Paul Loth. Throughout the Australian fortnight, international experts from Eurosport will also be involved, such as Kim Clijsters, Mats Wilander and John McEnroe.
Djokovic and Swiatek, huge favorites
At men’s, Novak Djokovic will be a big favourite. The Serbian, absent last year because not vaccinated against Covid-19, has already won the tournament nine times. He could find in the final Rafael Nadalwhich however has inherited from a difficult board since the Spaniard could cross on his way Daniel Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas. Note that world number 1 Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn.
Her female counterpart, on the other hand, will be there. Iga Swiatek, who dominated last season with two Grand Slam titles (Roland Garros, US Open), may have to face Americans Danielle Collins, Coco Gauff and Jessica Pegula to reach the final. On the French side, the spotlight will be on Caroline Garcia, 4th in the world and winner of the Masters at the end of the year. The Lyonnaise could well meet her compatriot Alizé Cornet in the second round.