Welcome to our live coverage of day one of the Australian Open.
Without Ash Barty to defend her title and carry local hopes, expect Nick Kyrgios and nine-time winner Novak Djokovic to dominate the discourse at Melbourne Park in 2023.
Kyrgios is already making headlines on day one after being caught flouting Victoria’s road rules (see below), but neither he or the Djoker are playing today.
Rafael Nadal, Daniil Medvedev, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Iga Swiatek and Coco Gauff are the headline acts.
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2.15pm – Collins advances after injury scare
American 13th seed Danielle Collins has advanced to the second round after a three-hour epic against Russian Anna Kalinskaya.
Collins prevailed in three sets, winning 7-5, 5-7, 6-4 after a medical timeout in the first set threatened to derail her tournament early.
The 29-year-old looked to be in serious discomfort as her injured knee was worked on, however she managed to play through the pain to get the win.
12.50pm — Another seed bites the dust
The seeds are falling at the Australian Open on the women’s side of the draw with 25th seed Marie Bouzkova knocked out.
Bianca Andreescu returned after missing the 2022 tournament and easily took care of business as she claimed the 6-2, 6-4 victory to advance into the second round.
12.40pm — Aussie wildcard into the second round
Olivia Gadecki is the first Australian through to the second round of the Australian Open after defeating Polina Kudermetova 7-5, 6-1.
It’s Gadecki’s first ever Grand Slam win and will see her take on Marta Kostyuk in the second round.
The 20-year-old is being guided by Ash Barty during the 2023 campaign and she revealed Barty sent her a congratulatory text message after the victory.
“I actually can’t believe it,” the 20-year-old said.
“I mean, wow. I’m speechless. Such an amazing crowd. Home slam, my first ever grand slam. A girl can only dream,”
She will now face Ukraine’s Marta Kostyuk in the second round.
Gadecki almost doubled her career prize money of $175,000 with her first-round win, which earnt her $158,000.
12.30pm — Star in tears after stunning Open upset
Amanda Anisimova has become the first seeded player to be knocked out of the 2023 Australian Open.
The 28th seeded Anisimova fell in straight sets to Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk, 6-3, 6-4.
Before the match officially finished the American was in tears as her hopes of advancing slipped through her fingers.
11.45am — ‘Gorgeous’: Fans approve of new Nike outfit
Tennis fans have given the tick of approval to Nike’s new women’s tennis outfit after Emma Raducanu debuted it at Melbourne Park.
The Melbourne Collection includes a colourful abstrict print. Raducanu was wearing the spring slam dress as she made a powerful start against Tamara Korpatsch on 1573 Arena.
“Nike finally seem to have a decent slam kit after ages,” one fan tweeted.
While the tennis podcast added: “This Nike kit is fire.”
“Gorgeous kit,” added another.
11.30am — Blistering starts all over the place
Several players needed less than half an hour to put the first sets of this year’s tournament away.
Coco Gauff came out smoking against Katerina Siniakova to go up 6-1, while Jess Pegula was just as impressive in a 6-2 effort against Jaqueline Cristian.
But in contrast to her fellow Americans, Amanda Anisimova trailed Marta Kostyuk 6-3.
Emma Raducanu, with a strapped ankle, started promisingly against Tamara Korpatsch and leads 6-3.
In the men’s draw, 17-year-old Chinese qualifier Shang Juncheng stole the opening set of Oscar Otte.
10am — ‘Disregarded’ Wimbledon champ’s ugly Aus Open snub
No points and no respect.
That’s been Elena Rybakina’s experience of winning Wimbledon after it emerged the reigning champion of the sport’s most prestigious tournament would begin her Australian Open campaign way out on court 13 at Melbourne Park on Monday.
The 23-year-old Kazakh defeated Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur in the Wimbledon decider last July but earned no points from the event after the ATP and WTA objected to the tournament’s ban of Russian players.
This is just another hit.
“Reigning Wimbledon champ Elena Rybakina got relegated all the way out to the hinterland of Court 13 for her first #AusOpen match,” Racquet Magazine senior editor Ben Rothenberg tweeted.
“I understand there is a saturation of recent women’s Slam champs, to an extent, but has a reigning Wimbledon champ ever been so quickly disregarded?”
He wasn’t the only one perplexed by the move.
Tennis journalist Jose Morgado wrote: “Rybakina at the parking lot vs. Hobart finalist…”
He later added to Rothenberg’s post: “She got totally screwed by the pointless Wimbledon.
“Bad draws and small courts every week.”
American sports reporter Jacob Cersosimo commented: “I have no idea how this happens but this is WILD!”
7.15am — Kyrgios, girlfriend appear to flout Victoria road rules
Nick Kyrgios’ might find himself in hot water after being spotted riding an e-scooter without a helmet in Melbourne on Sunday.
The Aussie tennis star and what appeared to be his girlfriend, Costeen Hatzi, were photographed on Elizabeth St.
Victorian road rules require e-scooter riders to wear approved bicycle helmets.
News.com.au has contacted Victoria Police about the incident.
Kyrgios opens his Australian Open campaign against Roman Safiullin at 7pm on Tuesday night.
7am — Stosur finally ready to put her feet up
Veteran Sam Stosur has announced the Australian Open will be her final tournament, ending a 23-year career in which she won a singles Grand Slam title and seven others in doubles.
The 38-year-old Australian’s greatest moment came when she defeated Serena Williams to win the singles crown at the 2011 US Open, which she described as “the pinnacle” of her career.
This week will mark her 21st Australian Open.
“That was certainly a dream of mine to achieve that, and I did,” she told reporters of her Flushing Meadows triumph. “That’s a moment I’ll never forget.
“I’m very fortunate that I have so many great memories, yeah, from the sport, winning, losing, travelling, on and off the court,” she added at Melbourne Park, where she will play in the doubles with France’s Alize Cornet.
Stosur reached a career-high ranking of four in the world in singles and one in doubles after making her Grand Slam debut at the 2002 Australian Open.
She won four Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, most recently at the 2021 US Open alongside China’s Zhang Shuai, and three mixed doubles titles.
“I didn’t know what I could do,” she said, looking back to her professional debut more than two decades ago.
“I dreamt what I would like to do and I certainly achieved that and way more than what I could have ever imagined. So I can walk away being very proud.”
6.45am — Nadal facing ‘toughest first-round possible’
Rafael Nadal opens his Australian Open title defence Monday feeling vulnerable and against a dangerous young opponent, with women’s top seed Iga Swiatek also facing a tricky encounter as she targets a maiden crown.
The first Grand Slam of the year kicks off at Melbourne Park with the men’s world number one ranking at stake and a new women’s champion set to be crowned after Ash Barty’s shock retirement following her win last year.
Spanish great Nadal, 36, has lost six of his past seven matches, including his opening two this year, ahead of a difficult afternoon clash on Rod Laver Arena against Britain’s in-form Jack Draper.
“Probably one of the toughest first-round (games) possible, being seeded,” said the 22-time Grand Slam winner and top seed. “Young, powerful, growing very, very fast on the ranking, playing well.”
The fast-improving Draper, 21, made the semi-finals of the Adelaide International this week and said he would not be overawed, despite Nadal being an idol.
“I want to go and compete hard and really play well and I want to go and win the match, of course. So that will be the plan,” he said.
Nadal surged to the title last year with a thrilling five-set win over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev, who faces American Marcos Giron on centre court in an evening match.
His run to a first Australian crown since 2009 came in the absence of nine-time champion Novak Djokovic, who is back this year and heavy favourite after missing the 2022 event when he was deported over his Covid vaccination stance.
The 35-year-old Serbian begins on Tuesday against Spain’s Roberto Carballes Baena, bidding not just for a 10th title and to equal Nadal’s 22 Slams, but to reclaim the top world ranking.
“I like my chances,” said Djokovic, who is in form, winning at Adelaide last week after ending 2022 with another ATP Finals triumph.
He can return to the top by lifting the trophy. So can Norway’s Casper Ruud and Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, according to the governing body ATP.
World number three Ruud can also become world number one by reaching the final, as long neither Djokovic nor Tsitsipas win the title.
If none of those scenarios play out, the reign of Carlos Alcaraz, who is not playing in Melbourne due to injury, will continue.
Tsitsipas opens his campaign against France’s Quentin Halys on Margaret Court Arena, with Ruud in action on Tuesday.
Top seed Swiatek is the clear favourite having dominated women’s tennis following the retirement in March last year of Barty.
The Pole secured eight WTA titles in 2022 and became the first woman in six years to win two Grand Slams in the same season — at Roland Garros and New York.
With retired great Serena Williams and two-time Melbourne winner Naomi Osaka also missing, it is almost certain that there will be a new name on the Daphne Akhurst trophy.
The only former titleholders in the draw are out-of-sorts Sofia Kenin, who won in 2020, and Victoria Azarenka, whose second Australian Open triumph was a decade ago.
Swiatek begins on Monday against Jule Neimeier, the German world number 68 who reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year.
6.30am – Day 1 Order Of Play (All courts from 11am, all times AEDT)
Rod Laver Arena
Katerina Siniakova (CZE) v  Coco Gauff (USA)
Yue Yuan (CHN) v  Maria Sakkari (GRE)
Not before 2:30pm
 Rafael Nadal (ESP) v Jack Draper (GBR)
Night session from 7pm
 Iga Swiatek (POL) v Jule Niemeier (GER)
Marcus Giron (USA) v  Daniil Medvedev (RUS)
Show Court 1
 Jessica Pegula (USA) v Jaqueline Cristian (ROM)
 Hubert Hurkacz (POL) v Pedro Martinez (ESP)
Sofia Kenin (USA) v  Victoria Azarenka (BLR)
Night session from 7pm
 Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) v Quentin Halys (FRA)
 Madison Keys (USA) v Anna Blinkova (RUS)
John Cain Arena
Kyle Edmund (GBR) v  Jannik Sinner (ITA)
Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) v  Petra Kvitova (CZE)
Not before 3:30pm
Sebastian Baez (ARG) v Jason Kubler (AUS)
Night session not before 6pm
Vasek Pospisil (CAN) v  Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN)
Aussies in action
Kia Arena, Match 4
Xinyu Wang (CHN) v Storm Hunter (AUS)
Court 3, Match 2
Talia Gibson (AUS) v Clara Burel (FRA)
Court 3, Match 4
John Millman (AUS) v Marc-Andrea Huesler (SWI)
Court 8, Match 1
Polina Kudermetova (RUS) v Olivia Gadecki (AUS)
Court 8, Match 4
Yannick Hanfmann (GER) v Rinky Hijikata (AUS)
— with AFP