Rafael Nadal claimed his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam Men’s Singles Title at the first Grand Slam of 2022 i.e. the 2022 Australian Open was held at Melbourne Park, Melbourne in Australia on January 17-30, 2022. Organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), it was the 110th edition of the Australian Open, and the 54th in the Open Era.
i.Men’s Singles– Rafael Nadal Parera of Spain by defeating Russia’s Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev by 2-6, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 7-5
ii.Women’s Singles– Ashleigh Barty of Australia by defeating the United States’ Danielle Rose Collins by 6–3, 7–6
iii.Men’s Doubles– Australian pair Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios defeated Australia’s Matthew Ebden and Australia Max Purcell by 7–5, 6–4
iv.Women’s Doubles– Czech Republic’s pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova defeated Kazakhstan’s Anna Danilina and Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia by 6-7(3), 6-4, 6-4
v.Mixed Doubles– France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Croatia’s Ivan Dodig defeated Australia’s Jaimee Fourlis and Australia’s Jason Kubler by 6–3, 6–4
Winners in Tabular Format:
|Men’s Singles||Rafael Nadal (Spain)||Daniil Sergeyevich Medvedev (Russia)|
|Women’s Singles||Ashleigh Barty (Australia)||Danielle Rose Collins (United States)|
|Men’s Doubles||Thanasi Kokkinakis (Australia) |
Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios (Australia)
|Matthew Ebden (Australia)|
Max Purcell (Australia)
|Women’s Doubles||Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)|
Katerina Siniakova Czech Republic)
|Anna Danilina (Kazakhstan)|
Beatriz Haddad Maia (Brazil)
|Mixed Doubles||Kristina Mladenovic (France)|
Ivan Dodig (Croatia)
|Jaimee Fourlis (Australia)|
Jason Kubler (Australia)
Highlights of Tournament:
i.Rafael Nadal claimed his record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title. With this he becames the only player to win the most grand slam titles, skipping Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic of Serbia; both tied at 20 each.
- In the history of Open era, 35-year-old Nadal has become the third-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title. Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer are the earlier two. He is also only the second man to have won all four Grand Slams at least twice.
ii.Ashleigh Barty won the first Australian Open singles title by an Australian in 44 years.
iii.Nicholas Hilmy Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis became the first homegrown pair to win the men’s doubles title in Australia since Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde, aka the Woodies, won in 1997.
iv.Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova clinched their fourth career Grand Slam women’s doubles title.This is their first Australian Open title
Australian Open 2022 Prize Money:
The Australian Open total prize money for 2022 increased by 4.9% to a tournament record A$75,000,000. The Winners got the following prize money:
About Australian Open 2022:
It is a part of the 2022 ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) Tour and the 2022 WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) Tour calendars under the Grand Slam category.
- The tournament was played on hard courts and took place across a series of 25 courts.
- Melbourne Park, situated in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct, has hosted the Australian Open since 1988.
Points to be noted:
i.The tournament’s main sponsor was Kia, an automobile manufacturer.
ii.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic (34) and Japan’s Naomi Osaka (24) were the 2021 champions in Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles, respectively.
Global Rankings in Tennis:
|ATP Men’s Rankings (as of January 31, 2022)|
|1||Novak Djokovic (Serbia)|
|2||Daniil Medvedev (Russia)|
|3||Alexander Zverev (Germany)|
|WTA Women’s Rankings (as of January 31, 2022)|
|1||Ashleigh Barty (Australia)|
|2||Aryna Sabalenka (Belarus)|
|3||Barbora Krejcikova (Czech Republic)|
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Static about Grand Slam events:
Grand Slam tournaments (also called majors) are 4 most important annual tennis events. The 4 Grand Slam events are Australian Open, Wimbledon, French Open & US Open. They are hosted by the International Tennis Federation.
- It takes place at Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia. Usually takes place in the Month of January. It was founded in 1905.
- It is the 1st Grand Slam event of the ATP & WTA Calendar
- Type of surface – Hard Court
It takes place at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, United Kingdom (UK). It is the Oldest Tennis Tournament, founded in 1877.
- It usually takes place around the months of June-July
- Type of Surface – Grass
It is also known as Roland Garros and takes place at the Roland Garros Stadium, Paris, France. It was founded in 1891.
- It usually takes place in the months of May-June.
- Type of Surface – Clay
It takes place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, New York, USA. It was founded in 1881. It is the 4th & Final Grand Slam Tournament of the WTA & ATP Calendar.
- Usually takes place in the months of August-September.
- Type of Surface – Hard Court