Australian Open 2022: When is the draw, is Novak Djokovic playing, projected seedings for first Slam of season

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Australian Open 2022: When is the draw, is Novak Djokovic playing, projected seedings for first Slam of season
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The build-up has been dominated by unfortunate events off the court, but the 2022 Australian Open gets underway next week as Melbourne hosts the first Grand Slam of the season.

Novak Djokovic has won his court battle and so has had his visa cancellation overturned, and he will be hoping he can turn his full attention to defending his title.

His route to do so will be revealed this week, when the Australian Open draw takes place and the 32 seeds can plot their paths to the final.

Here’s everything you need to know about that draw, including when it is and projected seedings.

Who is in the Australian Open draw?

Djokovic has been unable to play in any of the warm-up tournaments in the build-up, but he was straight back into practice immediately after his release and is expected to compete next week.

Even with the huge disruption to his preparations, the number one seed will still be favourite for a tenth Australian Open title. That would take him to 21 Grand Slams, and past Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.

Andy Murray has been given a wildcard for the tournament, meaning he does not have to go through qualifying.

Federer is the biggest name on the men’s side of the draw to miss out, with the 40-year-old expected to be out of action until the summer after knee surgeries.

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Stan Wawrinka, Dominic Thiem, Milos Raonic and Kei Nishikori are among those who have also not travelled to Melbourne.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams announced she would not be competing in Australia. The American has not played since retiring at Wimbledon last summer, and she had this to say on her decision to skip the first Slam of the season.

“While this is never an easy decision to make, I am not where I need to be physically to compete,” Williams said in December.

Karolina Pliskova misses out with injury, with Jennifer Brady, Karolina Muchova and Bianca Andreescu also not competing.

Emma Raducanu has recovered after testing positve for Covid-19 over Christmas, and is projected to be seeded 17th in her first ever Australian Open.

When is the Australian Open draw?

The draw will take place on Thursday, January 13.

Timings are yet to be confirmed, but it is expected that it will happen at around 8am GMT.

When does the Australian Open begin?

Qualifying for the Australian Open is taking place this week, as players look to battle their way into the first-round.

The main draw gets underway on Monday, January 17. The action then continues in Melbourne for nearly two weeks, before concluding with the men’s final on Sunday, January 30.

Top ten projected men’s seeds

  1. Novak Djokovic

  2. Daniil Medvedev

  3. Alexander Zverev

  4. Stefanos Tsitsipas

  5. Andrey Rublev

  6. Rafael Nadal

  7. Matteo Berrettini

  8. Casper Ruud

  9. Felix Auger Aliassime

  10. Hubert Hurkacz

Top ten projected women’s seeds

  1. Ashleigh Barty

  2. Aryna Sabalenka

  3. Garbine Muguruza

  4. Barbora Krejcikova

  5. Anett Kontaveit

  6. Maria Sakkari

  7. Iga Swiatek

  8. Paula Badosa

  9. Ons Jabeur

  10. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

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