Who Are Britain’s No.1 Male And Female Tennis Players Ahead Of The 2023 Australian Open?

Cameron Norrie leapfrogged Dan Evans to the British No.1 spot

The first Grand Slam of the year is on the horizon with the very best in the business preparing to descend down upon Melbourne in the hope of claiming untold glory in the first Grand Slam of 2023. 

Australian Open champion Rafael Nadal will almost certainly look to defend his crown down under on January 16 and will be among the favorites to retain his fabled title.

While on the women’s side – this will be the first Grand Slam without reigning 2022 Australian Open champion Ashleigh Barty, who opted to retire from tennis last March.

British tennis has not seen a winner from its shores lift the elusive Australian Open trophy since Fred Perry, who managed to win it 89 years ago in 1934, but many faithful British acolytes will place their trust in the cohort of Brits attempting to replicate Perry’s achievement in January.

Who is the men’s British No.1 tennis player?

Cameron Norrie still holds the prestigious title of British No.1 and has held the spot since knocking Dan Evans off his perch in October 2021.

The 27-year-old, who enjoyed a stellar 2021, winning the Indian Wells Open, continued his impressive form into 2022 arriving at the No.8 spot last October.

Cameron Norrie at the US Open
Cameron Norrie reached the fourth round of the 2022 US Open

The 27-year-old, who enjoyed a stellar 2021, winning the Indian Wells Open, continued his impressive form into 2022 arriving at the No.8 spot last October.

Norrie’s biggest title win was Indian Wells in 2021 – where he came from a set behind to put the venerable Nikoloz Basilashvili to the sword 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

The South-African-born Brit also chalked up a semi-final appearance against former world No.1 Novak Djokovic this year at Wimbledon but ultimately lost over the course of 4 sets.

Who is the women’s British No.1 tennis player?

Emma Raducanu still holds the women’s British world No.1 spot even after a lacklustre few years on tour. Raducanu exploded onto the scene back in 2021 after she became the first-ever qualifier to win a Grand Slam as she went the entire tournament without dropping a single set.

Emma Raducanu
Emma Raducanu has had a difficult year on tour and will be happy to see the back of it

The Canadian-born Brit failed to progress further than the second round at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon in 2022 and fell short against Alizé Cornet as the defending champion at the US Open in the first round.

Raducanu reached a career-high of world No.10 in July 2022, but her woeful results and erratic coaching changes have plummeted her down the table to No.74. With the relentless pressure subsided – it would be safe to assume that Raducanu has hit the reset button and will enjoy her tennis more in 2023.