MELBOURNE, Australia – The 2022 Australian Open begins on Monday, Jan. 17 in Melbourne. Naomi Osaka (Women’s Singles), Diede de Groot (Women’s Wheelchair Singles), and Heath Davidson (Men’s Quad Doubles) are looking to defending their 2021 title.
Naomi Goes for No. 5
4-time Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka (JPN) is 3-0 in her return to the court after a 4-month break. Osaka regained her form in the Melbourne Summer Set 1 leading up to the Australian fortnight.
Osaka has won 4 of the past 7 hard court majors, which gives her the 3rd most Grand Slam titles of all active players behind Serena and Venus Williams.
Ruud is Rising
Casper Ruud (NOR) became the first Norwegian player to crack the top-10 after winning 5 titles last year.
The success came quickly. It was just one year ago when Ruud made the second week at a major for the first time. He is now the favorite to go at least one round better being awarded a top-8 seed Down Under.
There are 12 players from Team Yonex who earned a top-32 seed.
Men: Ruud (8), Hubert Hurkacz (10), Denis Shapovalov (14), and Lloyd Harris (30). It is the highest seed at a major for Ruud, Hurkacz, and Harris.
Women: Elena Rybakina (12), Osaka (13), Angelique Kerber (16), Jessica Pegula (21), Belinda Bencic (22), Tamara Zidansek (29), Camila Giorgi (30), and Marketa Vondrousova (31). Kerber is the 2016 champion and Pegula made her first-career Grand Slam semifinal at last year’s Australian Open.
2022 Melbourne Collection: Sea + Coral Reef Inspired
With a nod to Australia’s nature, the 2022 Melbourne Collection is fitted with navy blue, Saxe, and fresh lime accents. A breathable, lightweight, and functional, high-performance collection, the apparel is made with sustainable materials and designed to support both vertical and horizontal movements on court.
Official Partner of the Australian Open
The Yonex Stringing Team is the Official Stringing Team of the Australian Open for the 7th-straight year. The 2022 team consists of 19 stringers from 11 countries and is dedicated to providing the world standard of racquet stringing and is supported by the Made-in-Japan PRECISION 9.0 and ProTech 8 Deluxe machines that excel in precision stringing.
The team supported the Melbourne warmup tournaments, stringing nearly 2,000 racquets during a 12-day span.