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Tennis Grand Slam favourites for 2023

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In tennis everyone has their favourite tournaments, some prefer the hardcourt season, others will favour tournaments in their own country, and if in France or Spain you have lot’s of clay ATP 500’s, 1000 Masters and even a grand slam to get excited about.

But in the tennis world there are 4 tournaments a year that count the most, and we’re talking grand slams:

  • Australian Open
  • French Open
  • Wimbledon
  • US Open

But let’s not take away from the rest of the tennis calendar as there is lot’s more to play for throughout the year, we also have the following to choose from:

ATP Finals

The Nitto ATP Finals is the year-end climax to the ATP Tour season. The event features only the world’s best eight qualified singles players and doubles teams, is contested in a round-robin format with the best four players and doubles teams reaching the knockout semi-finals stage.  After a grand slam it’s the second highest ranking tournament with 1,500 ATP points up for grabs.

The 2022 Nitto ATP Finals is the last big tournament this year, the event will be played on indoor hard courts at the Pala Alpitour in Turin, Italy, from 13 to 20 November 2022.

Predictions and odds for the ATP Finals

ATP Masters 1000

ATP Masters 1000 tournaments (previously known as ATP Masters Series) is an annual series of nine tennis tournaments featuring the top-ranked players on the ATP Tour. The series’ events have been held in Europe and North America since the inception of ATP Tour in 1990, and also in Asia since 2009

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ATP 500

The ATP 500 series is 13 tournaments, with 500 ranking points awarded for the events’ singles champions.

ATP 250

250’s are the entry level ATP tournaments and are a series of 39 tournaments around the world, with 250 ranking points awarded to each singles champion.

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2023 Grand Slam Favourites

 

Australian Open

The big news for the 2023 Aus Open is that Novak Djokovic is highly unlikely to play again!  The official line from tournament director Craig Tiley is “Novak Djokovic would be welcomed to play at the Australian Open if he can obtain a visa”.  If he was playing, the nine time Aus Open winner would be hot favourite but as he’s unlikely to play, this blows the tournament wide open.

Last years winner Nadal will most likely be favourite, the current GOAT has limited time to win more grand slams, so will therefore put everything into the four 2023 grand slams.  If he’s in full fitness it’s going to be very hard to beat the Spaniard.

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Current world number one, 19 year old superstar Carlos Alcaraz will be coming in hot after his US Open win.  Or will he suffer the much talked about first slam lull?  This has happened a lot over the years, where players fail to follow up on that first big success, however we firmly believe that Alcaraz has what it takes to win many slams, therefore and we’re placing him joint favourite with his fellow Spaniard Rafa Nadal.

The other one in strong contention will be Daniil Medvedev, who must be very hungry for his second grand slam by now.   He’s had a quiet run since his first grand slam win at the US Open in 2021, his surgery and failure to win and big tournaments have seen him slip down the ATP rankings.  But we think he’ll definitely be a contender in 2023.

Yannik Sinner and Casper Ruud will be the other serious contenders, both have had amazing runs in 2022 and it wasn’t for Carlos Alcaraz, Ruud would be world number 1 right now.  Both players have proved they can go pound for pound with most of the top players on hard and clay.

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French Open

Over the last year, we’ve seen a changing of the guard in tennis.  Federer has retired and we finally have some of the best new generation tennis players that we’ve seen in many years, these youngsters are so good that they can compete and possibly de throne the big 3.  Carlos Alcaraz has already beaten the top 10 players including Nadal and Djokovic in the same tournament!

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves here.  13 time Rolland Garros winner Rafa Nadal isn’t going to go quietly and why should he, the 36 year old has just won 2 grand slams in 2022 and while he has certainly become more injury prone, he’s still current world number 2 and the French Open is his speciality.  Providing Rafa is injury free he is our pick of the bunch for Rolland Garros 2023 and the tennis betting world agrees as he’s listed as the clear favourite.

While Djokovic is also desperate to win more grand slams, the last 2 years haven’t exactly brought him much silverware on clay.  in 2021 he won 2 clay tournaments, the Belgrade Open and the big one, French Open.  In 2022 he only managed one clay win, at the Rome Masters.  While the great Novak is always in contention on any surface, we’d prefer the chances of Alcaraz, Sinner or Ruud, but that may change depending on both their and Novaks performances in the pre Rolland Garros tournaments.

To conclude, Rafa is our only hot favourite for the 2023 French Open, the rest of the field is wide Open, and the field would definitely include Alexander Zverev provided he’s fit to play after last years gruesome injury at the 2022 semi-final of the French Open against Rafa.

2022 Nitto ATP Finals favourites

Wimbledon

The 2023 Championships is a little easier to predict, Novak Djokovic should be everyones favourite, the Serb is nearly impossible to beat on grass and has won for the last 4 years in a row.  Rafa’s chances on grass are dwindling at this stage but you can never rule him out.

After Alcaraz’s performance on grass at Wimbledon 2022, we can rule him out of the favourite contenders list.  Grass is a speciality so we’re including Cameron Norrie and Taylor Fritz to the mix.  They haven’t been mentioned so far but their performance of late and at Wimbledon 2022 puts them in contention.  Also new in our 2023 grad slam favourites is tennis bad boy Nick Kyrgios who just come off the back of his most successful year ever.  Kyrgios was outmatched at the 2021 Wimbledon final against Djokovic but showed amazing form making it that far at Wimbledon 2021.

Daniil Medvedev, Zerev and Sinner would be our next favoured contenders on grass.

US Open

The 2 big questions for the 2023 US Open are: 1.  Will Djokovic be allowed play?  2.  Can Rafa remain injury free this late in the calendar year.   If the answer is yes to both then these are the favourites.  However Carlos Alcaraz might have something to say about that, he made his debut grand slam win at the 2022 US Open.  The 19 year swept the board in 2022 starting off the year at 32 in the world and finishing number 1.  He had a very tough run up to the final with some gruelling late night 5 setters and still won the final.  He’s our favourite for 2023, followed by the big 2 – Rafa and Novak.

Next down is 2022 finalist Casper Ruud, he will be eager to avenge while Tiafoe and Fritz will be hungrier than most to win on home turf.   Kyrgios, Medvedev and Sinner will also look to improve on their 2022 US Open stats.

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We’ll keep this updated before and after each slam.

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