When is the 2022 Australian Open draw? Who will Novak Djokovic play? Who will Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray face?
The draw for the 2022 Australian Open takes place this week ahead of the first Grand Slam of the year. Novak Djokovic and Naomi Osaka are set to be the defending champions in Melbourne. Stream the 2022 Australian Open live and on demand on discovery+. A subscription for discovery+ is now £29.99 for the first year for UK users, down from £59.99
Djokovic practises in Melbourne but Australian Open defence still in limbo
With the 2022 Australian Open set to start in Melbourne on January 17, we answer all the key questions around the draw, including when it takes place, the seedings, and who could play.
Novak Djokovic, who on Monday hit out at what he called "continuing misinformation" surrounding his Covid status on Wednesday, and Naomi Osaka are set to defend their crowns. But who will they, and Emma Raducanu and Andy Murray face at Melbourne Park at the first Grand Slam of the year?
If that happens and he can’t play the Australian Open then Daniil Medvedev will be the top seed with Alexander Zverev the second seed.
If Djokovic plays then he could face a potential quarter-final against sixth seed Rafael Nadal if they are drawn in the same quarter. A repeat of last year's final between Djokovic and Medvedev would also be on the cards.
Cameron Norrie and Dan Evans will both be seeded in the men's draw.
Who’s not playing?
The biggest names missing on the men’s side are 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer and 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem.
Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Kyle Edmund and Kei Nishikori are also not playing.
On the women’s side, Serena Williams will not be competing as she continues to recover from injury.
Williams, 40, has not played since retiring from her first-round match at Wimbledon last summer.
“Following the advice of my medical team, I have decided to withdraw from this year’s Australian Open,” said Williams. “While this is not an easy decision to make I am not where I need to be physically to compete.”
Venus Williams will also not be playing, meaning for the first time since 1997 neither of the Williams sisters will be at the Australian Open.
World No 5 Karolina Pliskova misses out with injury, with Jennifer Brady, Karolina Muchova and Bianca Andreescu also not in action.
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