Australian Open 2022: Recap

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The Australian Open is the first of the four Grand Slam tennis tournaments in a year making it a major tournament for all those who compete. It was held this year from January 17 to January 30 at Melbourne Park in Melbourne, Australia. One thing that made the tournament even more interesting this year was the absence of three of the biggest names in tennis: Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, and Roger Federer. After so many well-fought points, games, and matches champions were crowned and records were set.

Final Match Recaps

Mixed Doubles

This year the Australian Open mixed doubles winner was the number 5 seed team France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig. After beating John Peers and Zhang Shuai (the number two seed) in the semi-finals Mladenovic and Dodig faced the Australian duo Jamie Fourlis and Jason Kubler on January 27. Even with it being their first tournament together and falling behind in the first set Mladenovic and Dodig won both sets 6-3 and 6-4. Even though the Australian duo could not come away with the win they made quite an impression as a wildcard team (ranking not high enough to qualify automatically).

Women’s Doubles

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On January 29 the number one seed team in women’s doubles Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova from the Czech republic clinched a win giving them a major title on all three court surfaces (grass, clay, hard). They faced Anna Danilina and Beatriz Haddad Maia who had yet to lose when playing together and although Krejcikova and Siniakova came out with a win they did not secure the first set losing their first set in the tournament 6-7 but they came back strong to win the next two 6-4,6-4. The match spanned a total of two hours and 42 min. 

Men’s Doubles

After a tight first set, the Australians Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios became the first Australian team to win the Australian Open since 1997 in two straight sets with scores of 7-5 and 6-3. On January 29 Kokkinakis and Kyrgios defeated another Australian duo Matthew Ebden and Max Purcell. Kyrgios and Kokkinakis who can also be seen on the singles court excited many fans and did not disappoint in their performance. With a mix of great shots, strategies, and a few tweener volleys Kyrgios and Kokkinakis showed just what a threat they are. 

Women’s Singles

It’s incredible to win here at the Australian Open, being able to experience that in your home Grand Slam is really special and I’ll never forget that.”

— Ash Barty

After a series of upsets in the women’s singles tournament, the number one seed and Australian native Ash Barty came out on top. The reigning Wimbledon champion and three-time grand slam singles winner beat the U.S.’s Danielle Collins 6-3 and 7-6 winning the seven-point in the second set 7-2. Collins, an underdog in every manner seeded 27 fought hard but could not hold off Barty’s powerful serve and strong gameplay. Along with winning, Ash Barty also secured a spot as a player who has won a major title on all three court surfaces and the first Australian to win the Australian Open in 44 years. Even though the number one seed ended up as champion there were many upsets throughout the tournament including 2021 champion Naomi Osaka who lost to Amanda Anisimova in the third round, third seed Gabiñe Muguruza who was defeated by Alizé Cornet in the second round and 19-year-old Emma Raducanu who had just won the U.S. Open fell short in a match against Danka Kovinić.

Men’s Singles

I was close a couple of times. I feel very lucky that I’ve won once in my career, 2009. But, I never thought about another chance in 2022”

— Rafael Nadal

After a competitive match spanning 5 hours and 24 minutes the Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal became the 2022 Australian Open champion and the first men’s singles player to attain 21 major titles breaking his tie with both Roger Federer and 2021 Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic. Nadal’s opponent in the finals was the Russian Daniil Medvedev. The match itself was one for the history books as Nadal came back from being 2 sets down to win with final set scores of 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, and 7-5. Nadal had been suffering a long-lasting foot injury that had affected him his whole career but pushed through and worked hard to overcome it. Besides the intense final match, there were many competitive matches and a few unexpected upsets. One of the biggest upsets was a match between Alexander Zverev and Denis Shapovalov. Zverev who was the second seed going into the tournament lost in three straight sets to seed 14 Shapovalov.

Gallery of Champions

Prize Money

The Australian Open maintains the status of having the largest prize pool out of the 4 major grand slams. The 4 grand slams consist of Australia, France, Britain, and the United States. Since the last Australian Open, the ITF (International Tennis Federation) has increased the prize pool money by about 4.5% from 2021. The total prize money of the Australian Open is $75,000,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2022 Australian Open was a successful and historic opening to the 2022 tennis season. Looking forward the French Open, Wimbledon, and the U.S. Open will all occur later this year. If you are interested in tennis you can check out the Franklin High School Boys and Girls Tennis Teams this Spring.

All information was found on the Australian Open website and The Teal Mango Sports!