The 2023 Australian Open has officially begun this week. The tournament, which is one of the four Grand Slam events, in recent years has been affected by covid-19 and experienced strong restrictions.
This year, however, all those restrictions have been removed, and it seems that the event is finally moving beyond the COVID era. Here, we look back at the previous five men’s and women’s Australian Open champions and give a rundown of how the tournament has evolved.
2022, a Grand Slam without Djokovic
Rafael Nadal won the men’s singles event at the Australian Open in 2022. It was his 21st major win and second at the Australian Open. With this victory, Nadal moved beyond the previous record of 20 men’s major singles titles held jointly by himself, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer.
Ashleigh Barty triumphed for the first time in women’s singles at the Australian Open, taking home her third overall major championship. She won in straight sets against the 27th-seeded player Danielle Collins. Since Chris O’Neil won the championship in 1978, no other Australian player has been successful in claiming the title until Ashleigh Barty.
However, it’s important to note that the event was affected by Djokovic’s fight with Australian immigration when he declared he hadn’t had the COVID-19 vaccine. After having his visa twice rejected by the Australian Immigration Minister, he ultimately was unable to take part.
2021, affected by COVID-19
The 2021 tournament was postponed because of the pandemic. Tennis Australia stated in December 2020 that the start of the Australian Open would be moved back three weeks, from January 18 to February 8, 2021. The reason was a mandated 14-day quarantine on all entries into the country, including the tournament players. Similar circumstances led to the cancellation of junior and legends matches and the relocation of the men’s and women’s qualifying matches to Doha and Dubai, respectively.
Novak Djokovic successfully defended the men’s singles championship this year and won his 18th Grand Slam title by defeating Daniil Medvedev.
In The women’s singles championship, Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title by beating Jennifer Brady in the final.
2020, a New top Star in Women’s Competitions
In 2020, Sofia Kenin was victorious in the Australian Open for the women’s competition. At the time, Kenin was just 21 years old and won her first Grand Slam tournament after beating some of the most significant competitors, including Serena Williams and Simona Halep.
On the other side, Novak Djokovic won his eighth Australian Open title in the men’s tournament. Djokovic’s tournament performance was unrivaled, as he dropped only two sets while winning every match he played. Ultimately, he won the tournament after a three-set victory over Dominic Thiem.
2019, A Remarkable Game in the Men’s Tennis Competition
The Japanese star Naomi Osaka won the 2019 Australian Open for women. Osaka, who entered the competition as the top seed, used her outstanding all-court skills to beat Petra Kvitova in the final match in three sets.
Novak Djokovic triumphed at the 2019 Australian Open for men. Djokovic won against Rafael Nadal.
Djokovic and Nadal were also in the running for the No. 1 singles ranking in the world, but Djokovic was able to hold on to his position by advancing to the fourth round.
2018, the Last Win of the Swiss Maestro in Australian Open
In 2018, Caroline Wozniacki won the women’s Australian Open. The number two seed, Wozniacki, won in three sets against the rising star, Simona Halep. Wozniacki’s first Grand Slam champion was highly deserved, as she competed with impressive poise and resolved throughout the competition.
On the other side, the Swiss Maestro, Roger Federer won his historic twentieth Grand Slam singles championship after defeating Marin Cilic in the final of the Australian Open which was his last one as well.
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