After 5 former and present collegiate athletes superior to the Singles Major Draw via qualifying play, the sphere is now set on the 2023 Australian Open as 21 gamers with collegiate ties look to go away their mark on the first Grand Slam of the season.
That includes a mixture of collegiate gamers who’re well-established on tour in addition to those that are simply starting their skilled careers, the 2023 Australian Open Singles Major Draw will characteristic two extra gamers with collegiate ties than in 2022, and eight extra gamers than in 2021.
Within the males’s singles draw, Cameron Norrie (TCU) is available in because the highest-seeded collegiate alum within the area after shining within the 2022 season, reaching the Spherical of 32 in all however one Grand Slam final season, together with a Semifinal end on the Wimbledon Championships.
Ben Shelton will make his second Grand Slam look this week in Melbourne, because the newly turned professional will look to proceed his distinctive play to start his professional profession, profitable three straight ATP Challenger Tour Titles to finish the 2022 season.
Throughout the whole males’s area, UCLA leads all groups with three former gamers within the Singles Major Draw as Maxime Cressy, Marcos Giron, and Mackenzie McDonald are all Prime-100 gamers trying to make a splash at this yr’s match.
The ladies’s singles draw options 4 gamers with collegiate ties, together with two gamers who earned their entry via qualifying play.
Close to the highest of the draw is Danielle Collins (Florida/Virginia) who is available in because the No. 13 seeded participant within the draw. The 2-time NCAA Singles Champion was the Runner-Up on the 2022 Australian Open and can look to make one other deep run this yr.
Diana Shnaider (NC State) makes her Grand Slam debut in Melbourne because the incoming freshman is trying to break into the Prime 100 of the WTA Rankings earlier than she joins the Wolfpack this spring.
In the meantime, Mayar Sherif (Pepperdine) is the one participant from a non-power 5 college to make the singles fundamental draw on the 2023 Australian Open. The native of Egypt has impressed over the previous yr on tour and is trying to crack the Prime 50 of the WTA Rankings with just a few good outcomes on this yr’s match.
Play from the 2023 Australian Open Singles Draw will start on Sunday, January fifteenth, whereas the Doubles and Combined Doubles Attracts will probably be launched within the coming days with numerous collegiate athletes set to be featured in these attracts as effectively.
Under are all the competing present and former student-athletes within the Singles Major Draw on the 2023 Australian Open.
Males’s Singles Major Draw
|Nuno Borges||Mississippi State||112|
|Francisco Cerundolo||South Carolina||30|
|Christopher Eubanks||Georgia Tech||123|
|Rinky Hijikata||North Carolina||169|
|Arthur Rinderknech||Texas A&M||45|
|J.J. Wolf||Ohio State||66|
Ladies’s Singles Major Draw
|Arianne Hartono||Ole Miss||105|
|Diana Shnaider||NC State||237|
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