With 18 Australian players guaranteed to play the main draw of this year’s Australian Open and a further 17 attempting to fight their way through Qualifying, the stage is set for a strong showing from the Australian contingent. But who have the best chances of making a deep run at the 2020 Australian Open?
She may have lost in the first round at the Brisbane International, but Ash is the #1 player in the world for a reason. Historically, she’s needed a few matches under her belt to find her feet. Expect her to improve with each match and make it to the second week. Australia has some dangerous players on the Men’s side, but Ash Barty is Australia’s best chance of bringing home silverware.
Every time Nick steps on the court, whispers of what could be and what could have been swirl around him. Other Aussie players may be more level headed, more dedicated, and more professional, but none of them possess the talent and weaponry that makes Nick so dangerous, exciting, and well… disappointing at times. He played a lacklustre match in the semi-finals of the ATP Cup. But he won every match up until then including defeating world no. 6 Stefanos Tsipas and is playing with more purpose and aggression. Love him or hate him, he’s still Australia’s best chance of a Men’s Grand Slam Champion.
Alex De Minaur
What Alex lacks in size and power, he more than makes up for in speed, grit, and determination. He was super impressive at the ATP Cup taking Rafa to 3 sets, and defeating world no. 5 Zverev. Beating one of the Big 3 over 5 sets is a tall order for someone who can’t rely on winning cheap points with big serves and heavy ground-strokes. But he’s extremely hard to put away and is constantly improving. If he gets a good draw and avoids one of the big names, he’s a strong chance of making the 2nd week.
Other Players to Watch.
John Millman has made the Quarter Finals of a Grand Slam before, famously defeating Roger Federer at the 2018 US Open. He won both matches played at The ATP Cup and is at his best in front of a home crowd. If the draw is kind to him, and the weather is hot (Millman being one of the toughest competitors on tour), he could make another run to the 4th round or better.
Another Aussie who’s made a Grand Slam Quarter Finals before is Ajla Tomljanovic, doing so at the 2014 French Open. A shoulder injury derailed her career in 2016, but she’s made her way back into the top 50. She is looking to make her mark on the Australian summer after pushing eventual champion Karoline Pliskova to 3 sets in Brisbane, and is one to watch in the Women’s draw.
Standing at over 6 foot 5 Alexei Popyrin has the weapons to back up his size. He’s still growing into his body and developing as a player, but his huge serve and forehand can do some real damage. Expect him to cause some problems for his opponents with an outside chance of making a run past the 3rd round.
Other Aussies in action include Samantha Stosur, Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth, Alex Bolt, Priscilla Hon, and Astra Sharma. And Bernard Tomic should he make it through qualifying.
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