Which big-name locals need an Australian Open wildcard?


Three big-name locals might be at Tennis Australia’s mercy for subsequent month’s Australian Open after tumbling outdoors the world’s prime 100 this 12 months.

Monday is the entry deadline for the 12 months’s opening grand slam, with at the least 5 Australian males and only one lady, Ajla Tomljanovic (No.33), set to obtain direct acceptance based mostly on their singles rating.

Former world No.1 Ash Barty won’t defend her drought-busting Melbourne Park title after retiring in March.

Nick Kyrgios is the host nation’s best hope of winning the 2023 Australian Open.

Nick Kyrgios is the host nation’s finest hope of profitable the 2023 Australian Open.Credit score:Getty Photos

Daria Saville (54) additionally would have been within the subject if not for the ACL rupture she sustained taking part in in opposition to twin Melbourne Park champion Naomi Osaka in Tokyo in September.

Nick Kyrgios (22), Alex de Minaur (24), Chris O’Connell (78), Jordan Thompson (83) and Thanasi Kokkinakis (94) might be within the males’s foremost draw.

Jason Kubler (110) wants solely a handful of withdrawals to affix them, however high-profile trio Alexei Popyrin (122), John Millman (149) and James Duckworth (159) would require wildcards to keep away from having to qualify.

Kubler can be comfortably contained in the rating cut-off if not for the ruling physique’s choice to not award rating factors at Wimbledon, the place he reached the final 16 in a career-best outcome.

That call adopted Wimbledon banning Russian and Belarusian gamers in protest of the invasion of Ukraine.

Duckworth, 30, suffered the steepest fall, from a career-high No.46 after this 12 months’s Australian Open, however hip surgical procedure that sidelined him for 3 months performed a job in that.

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