Australian Open Announces Huge Update on 2022 Qualifiers

Published 09/28/2021, 7:49 AM EDT
A general view inside Rod Laver Arena at sunset during the Men’s Singles Final match betwen Novak Djokovic of Serbia and Rafael Nadal of Spain during day 14 of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)


As the 2021 season is summed up as far as Grand Slam events are concerned, the focus now shifts towards the 2022 season. The first Grand Slam event of the next season is the Australian Open 2022. It is one of the most exciting events in the calendar year, and to have it during the early stages of the season proves to be a great motivator for players. 

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Recently, there was a discussion if certain stages of the Australian Open 2022 can be held in another venue. Like the previous season, there are talks of conducting the qualifying rounds outside the country. The main reason for organizers to come to this conclusion is due to the pandemic. 

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Australian Open 2022 qualifiers to be held in UAE? 

The Zayed Sports City International Tennis Center is one of the venues that is being considered as an option, which would replace Doha – the place it was held this year. However, the men’s qualifying would be conducted in Doha and the women’s matches will be held in Dubai, similar to this year.

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The main draw of the Australian Open 2022 is expected to begin on January 17 and will be concluded on January 30. All the top players in the game are expected to compete in this tournament. 

A general view of Melbourne Park during day five of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

In the previous season, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic won the tournament for the ninth time in his career. He beat Russian tennis powerhouse Daniil Medvedev in straight sets in the final.

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On the other hand, Japanese tennis star Naomi Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title in Melbourne. In the final, she beat American tennis player Jennifer Brady in straight sets. It will be interesting to see how things unfold as we build up towards the first Grand Slam event of the new year. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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