It was the first of many potential Grand Slam titles for Alcaraz, 19, and the third for 21-year-old Sweetek. Both are now among the best players in the world and are widely considered to be the sport’s brightest rising stars.
Four months before the upcoming Grand Slam – and a slew of other tournaments, the ATP and WTA finals, and a very short season for players first – it’s not too early to start guessing who will emerge victorious in 2023 while there are some players – cough, cough, Alcaraz and Swiatek Who can win multiple major titles next year, we’re limiting each player to just one in order to keep it interesting.
When: From 16 to 29 January 2023
where: Melbourne Australia
2022 Champions: Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty (now retired)
2023 Men’s Winner: Carlos Alcaraz
After Alcaraz’s phenomenal run in New York and his rapid rise to the world number one rankings, he should be the front-runner for his first major tournament of the year, especially after he’s proven how much he can play on the hard court.
Over the past two weeks, Alcaraz has demonstrated his incredible sportsmanship and mental toughness and has proven that there was no unbeatable drive – and the race wasn’t too hard. While many players struggled after winning their first major tournament, Alcaraz didn’t seem to have a problem with pressure or interest. Expect more titles for Alcaraz in 2023, starting with Down Under in January.
Women’s 2023 Winner: Coco Guff
Since she came onto the scene at the age of 15 in 2019, it seemed inevitable that one day Gauff would become a major heroine. Close in 2022, reaching the final at Roland Garros and the quarter-finals at the US Open, she looks set to make her final feat in 2023. Now in the top 10 for the first time in her career, and as her game continues to improve, Melbourne feels like the perfect place. to get her first title.
When: 28 May – 11 June 2023
Defend the heroes: Rafael Nadal and Iga Swatic
2023 Men’s Winner: Rafael Nadal
Nadal’s amazing reign on clay and at Roland Garros will eventually come to an end at some point, but we’re not quite ready to announce that that era is over yet. Having won the tournament 14 times, including five of the past six years, the French Open will remain Nadal’s best chance of winning his 23rd Grand Slam title. It will undoubtedly be difficult, especially with young players like Alcaraz and the 2022 runners-up Casper RoadWith Nadal’s misfortune in injury, Nadal remains the favorite until proven otherwise.
Women’s 2023 Winner: Iga Swiatek
As she proved at the US Open and during her 37-game winning streak earlier this season, Swiatek has become a multi-faceted competitor. But clay remains her favorite and most controlled surface. During the 2022 mud season, she won three titles, including the French Open, and only lost two sets during that round. It’s almost impossible to see anyone beat her up in Paris in the near future.
When: From 3 to 16 July 2023
Defend the heroes: Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina
2023 Men’s Winner: Novak Djokovic
As in 2022, much remains uncertain for Djokovic next season due to his unvaccinated condition and after the entire deportation process from Australia last year. Will he be able to enter Australia in January? Doesn’t he? We still don’t know for sure (although looks increasingly likely). But, all that said, Djokovic has won the past four titles at the All England Club, even with all the chaos he had in 2022, and seven overall. The guy loves the lawn in Center Court, and he obviously loves it again. If there is one major title he will win in 2023, it has to be Wimbledon.
Women’s 2023 Winner: Anas Jaber
Unlike the men’s side, Wimbledon looks wide open for women at this point. But Jaber, who reached the final at the All England Club in 2022 as well as at the US Open, will surely seek revenge for her two disappointing Grand Slam rounds in the new season. Her variety-packed game is well suited to the lawn, and two of her three professional titles have surfaced. Jaber said she believes she will win a major tournament in the future, and Wimbledon feels it is her best chance next season.
When: August 28 – September. 10, 2023
where: New York
Defend the heroes: Carlos Alcaraz and Ega Swiatek
2023 Men’s Winner: Francis Tiafoe
Is this bias in modernity? definitely. But Tiafoe had one of the most notable courses at the US Open in recent memory. There was an amazing fourth-round win over Nadal and a straight-set victory Andrey Rublev in the quarter-finals, then fought with all his might in the semi-finals against Alcaraz, forcing a decisive set even when it previously seemed over. Before leaving the stadium after the loss, he told the crowd, “I will come back and win this thing” and it is hard to doubt him. Let’s tentatively identify him as the one who halted the 20-year drought among American men for a Grand Slam title.
Women’s 2023 Winner: Simona Halep
Prior to 2022, five of the previous seven US Women’s Open champions had won for the first time, but Swiatek and others at the helm have continued to show consistency, and it looks like we’ll see a dominant group win. The majority of titles in the coming years.
It remains to be seen who exactly is in that group besides Swiatek, but Halep, a two-time Grand Slam winner and winner of the Canadian Open at the level 1000 in August, certainly could be. She’s made a comeback recently, making a semi-final appearance at Wimbledon this summer as well as the title in Toronto, and was a favorite to enter the 2022 US Open before her shocking first-round exit. I am now working with Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena WilliamsFormer coach, it wouldn’t be surprising to see her lift another big trophy in 2023. Why not be in New York?