After a mouth-watering year of tennis, the very best in the business look ahead to the first Grand Slam of 2023, the Australian Open.
The last American man to win it was Andre Agassi in 2001, while Sofia Kenin emerged victorious in Melbourne as early as 2020.
But what players representing the red, white and blue have the best chance of adding to the trophy haul? SinkorSwimSports looks at the top men and women seeds from America.
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2022 Australian Open champion and Grand Slam record-holder Rafa Nadal will be hoping to add to his impressive trophy haul by defending it in Melbourne – while the women’s trophy is up for grabs after Ashleigh Barty’s shock retirement last March.
American tennis has found great success over the years at the Australian Open – with Sofia Kenin putting Spain’s Garbine Muguruza to the sword 4-6 6-2 6-2 in 2020 and Serena Williams holding the stranglehold over the women’s game for the best part of two decades.
But the men’s game has not had as much success – with Andre Agassi last winning it here in Melbourne 22 years ago in 2001 and winning the year before in 2000.
Who is the men’s American no.1 tennis player?
Taylor Fritz is the man holding the prestigious title of men’s American no.1. Fritz broke into the top ten and achieved a career-high of world no.8 in October 2022.
The Californian-born player equalled the biggest win of his career after snapping Grand Slam record holder Rafael Nadal’s 20-match winning streak to capture the 2022 Indian Wells Masters.
A quarter-finalist at Wimbledon, winner at the ATP 500 Tokyo and winner at ATP 250 Eastbourne, Fritz has had a brilliant year on the court.
The American leapfrogged fellow countryman John Isner in April 2021 and is still chasing an elusive Grand Slam with a top-10 finish in 2022.
Who is the women’s American no.1 tennis player?
Jessica Pegula holds the American women’s no.1 spot. A quarter-finalist twice at the Australian Open, Pegula has all the tools to become a Grand Slam champion.
Winner of the Guadalajara Open Akron, a quarter-finalist at the US Open and French Open this year, the Buffalo native is more than deserving of the women’s American no.1 spot and world no.3 ranked position.
Pegula is sitting on 4691 WTA points, 364 points away from Ons Jabeur’s no.2 spot. Pegula finished 2021 ranked world no.18 and is most likely to finish 2022 at the no.3 spot, a 15-spot increase.
With a solid year on tour, it would be safe to say that Pegula is likely to add to her accolade shelf in 2023.
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