Croatian tennis player Borna Ćorić will open the first Grand Slam tournament of the season against Czech player Jiri Lehecka. In the first round, Petra Martić will face Swiss tennis player Viktorija Golubic, and Donna Vekić will meet Russian qualifier Oksana Selehmetova.
Ćorić, who is the 21st seed and who will be the only Croatian representative in the men’s competition after Marin Čilić’s withdrawal due to a knee injury, will fight to advance to the second round against Lehecka, 78th in the ATP rankings. The two have never met before.
Martić (WTA – 37th) will fight for a spot in the second round against Golubic, the 81st tennis player in the world, whom she has met once so far and beat in 2015.
Donna Vekić (WTA – 60th) will face the qualifier Oksana Selehmeteva, 179th in the WTA ranking. It will be Donna’s first time playing against the Russian player.
As for the favorites, Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, who returns to the Australian Open after last year’s COVID-19 vaccination debacle, will face Spaniard Roberto Carballes (ATP – 75th) as his opponent in the first round. This year, Djokovic will try to equal Rafael Nadal’s record, who has 22 Grand Slam titles.
Spanish tennis player Nadal, who became the first seed after compatriot Carlos Alcaraz pulled out of the tournament, will face Briton Jack Draper (ATP – 40th) in the first round.
The women’s world number one, Polish player Iga Swiatek, will begin her campaign for her first crown in Melbourne against German Jula Niemeier (WTA – 68th).
Tunisian tennis player Ons Jabeur, second in the WTA ranking, will play against Slovenian Tamara Zidanšek (WTA – 88th), and the third best tennis player in the world, American Jessica Pegula, will play against Romanian Jaqueline Cristian (WTA – 143rd).
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