Nick Kyrgios will have his work cut out to make the second week of the Australian Open after being dealt a tricky draw.
Kyrgios is seeded 19th but would have had a higher seeding if not for Wimbledon having been stripped of its points last year.
The 27-year-old will face Roman Safullin in the first round, before facing the winner of the all-French clash between Richard Gasquet and Ugo Humbert in the second round.
Kyrgios has beaten Humbert twice at grand slam level.
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But then it gets trickier for Kyrgios, who will likely play ninth seed Holger Rune in the third round before taking on World No. 6 Andrey Rublev in the fourth round.
If he makes it into the quarterfinals, Kyrgios would likely face either Novak Djokovic or fellow Australian Alex de Minaur — who plays a qualifier in the first round.
Elsewhere in the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal will face British youngster Jack Draper in the first round.
In a tough draw, defending champion Nadal could face last year’s finalist Daniil Medvedev as early as the quarterfinals.
Matteo Berretini and Andy Murray will play each other first up in one of the matches of Round 1.
Brutal draw for Aussie Tomljanovic
Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic will take on World No. 192 Nadia Podoroska in the first round, but her draw gets much tougher from then on.
The Aussie’s projected run would likely face Victoria Azarenka (R2), Madison Keys (R3), Maria Sakkari (R4), Jessica Pegula (QF), (SF) Iga Swiatek, and Ons Jabeur if she progresses all the way to the final.
World No. 1 Iga Swiatek has been dealt a tough Australian Open draw.
She will face Germany’s Jule Niemeier in the first round, before tough potential match-ups with former US Open champion Bianca Andreescu in the second round and last year’s Australian Open runner-up Danielle Collins in the third round.
The only two active former Australian Open champions, Victoria Azarenka and Sofia Kenin, will face off in the first round.
Australian men’s players’ Round 1 opponents
No.19 Nick Kyrgios vs Roman Saffiulin
No.22 Alex de Minaur vs Qualifier
Chris O’Connell vs Jenson Brooksby
Jordan Thompson vs JJ Wolf
Thanasi Kokkinakis vs Fabio Fognini
Jason Kubler (WC) vs Sebastian Baez
Alexei Popyrin (WC) vs Chun-Hsin Tseng
John Millman (WC) vs Marc-Andrea Huesler
Rinky Hijikata (WC) vs Qualifier
Australian women’s players’ Round 1 opponents
Ajla Tomljanovic vs Nadia Podoroska
Kimberly Birrell (WC) vs Kaia Kanepi
Jaimee Fourlis (WC) vs Linda Fruhvirtova
Olivia Gadecki (WC) vs Qualifier
Storm Hunter (WC) vs Xinyu Wang
Talia Gibson (WC) vs Qualifier
AUSTRALIAN OPEN 2023 SEEDINGS
Men: 1. Rafael Nadal, 2. Casper Ruud, 3. Stefanos Tsitsipas, 4. Novak Djokovic, 5. Andrey Rublev, 6. Felix Auger-Aliassime, 7. Daniil Medvedev, 8. Taylor Fritz, 9. Holger Rune, 10. Hubert Hurkacz, 11. Cameron Norrie, 12. Alexander Zverev, 13. Matteo Berrettini, 14. Pablo Carreno Busta, 15. Jannik Sinner, 16. Frances Tiafoe, 17. Marin Cilic, 18. Lorenzo Musetti, 19. Karen Khachanov, 20. Nick Kyrgios, 21. Denis Shapovalov, 22. Borna Coric, 23. Alex de Minaur, 24. Diego Schwartzman, 25. Roberto Bautista Agut, 26. Dan Evans, 27. Miomir Kecmanovic, 28. Grigor Dimitrov, 29. Francisco Cerundolo, 30. Sebastian Korda, 31. Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, 32. Yoshihito Nishioka
Women: 1. Iga Swiatek, 2. Ons Jabeur, 3. Jessica Pegula, 4. Caroline Garcia, 5. Aryna Sabalenka, 6. Maria Sakkari, 7. Coco Gauff, 8. Daria Kasatkina, 9. Veronika Kudermetova, 10. Madison Keys, 11. Paula Badosa, 12. Belinda Bencic, 13. Danielle Collins, 14. Beatriz Haddad Maia, 15. Petra Kvitova, 16. Anett Kontaveit, 17. Jelena Ostapenko, 18. Liudmila Samsonova, 19. Ekaterina Alexandrova, 20. Barbora Krejcikova, 21. Martina Trevisan, 22. Elena Rybakina, 23. Zhang Shuai, 24. Victoria Azarenka, 25. Maria Bouzkova, 26. Elise Mertens, 27. Irina-Camelia Begu, 28. Amanda Anisimova, 29. Zheng Qinwen, 30. Karolina Pliskova, 31. Kaia Kanepi, 32. Jil Teichmann.
You can watch the official Australian Open draw unfold live on the tournament’s official YouTube channel.