2024 Australian Open draw revealed – seeds, top matches, and more

2024 Australian Open draw revealed – seeds, top matches, and more
By Icon Sport

That’s right – the 2024 Australian Open draw has officially been made by the tournament organizers. This means that all of the top Australian Open seeds have been slotted into their respective places, and the remainder of the draw has been filled too. 

Of course, the rest of the draw is made up of direct entrants, wildcards, qualifiers, as well as a few players with ‘protected ranking’ status. To further clarify, the Australian Open draw has been made for both singles events, which means that the time to get excited about the first slam of the season is now!

As for what will be covered right here, I will be sharing key information on much more than just the top seeds. Specifically, I’ll be taking a look at the most appealing first-round matches. I will be looking further into the 2024 Australian Open draw to showcase potential classics that we may get to witness as the Australian Open schedule progresses too. 

Of course, other relevant information for the draw will also be covered. So if you are eager to expand your knowledge of the 2024 Australian Open and see how the draw is shaping up, simply read on through the sections shared below.

Australian Open draw 2024 – your quick guide to the event

At the time of writing, the draw has only been out for a matter of a few hours. So by checking out the information presented here, you are getting a jump start on the 2024 event. Speaking of which, I have shared my 2024 Australian Open predictions to coincide with the release of the draw for those who would like to explore some extras.

But back to the draw, the full 128 places for both the WTA and ATP tournaments have been filled – with the exception of the exact names from the qualifying draw. These will only be revealed once the final round of Australian Open qualifying is completed towards the end of Thursday, January 11th. 

Nevertheless, we know more than enough information about the draw to dissect it and pick out the most important elements. So what exactly are these elements? Well, the draw showcases 32 seeds for the singles events, as you may already know. 

In addition to the 32 seeds, there are 8 Australian Open wildcards in the draw for both the men’s and women’s singles. These 8 wildcards are on top of the 5 PR (protected ranking) players for the men’s event and the 7 PR players for the women’s event.

Of course, the final piece of the puzzle is the 16 qualifiers who will be confirmed ahead of the first round of matches on Sunday, January 14th.

ATP Australian Open draw 2024 – all angles covered

It’s time to shift gears now and get right into the main course of the 2024 Australian Open men’s draw. So without wasting time, let me cover the most important elements of the draw right now.

Top seeds

As referenced above, the men’s singles draw has 32 seeded players that are split evenly into the top and bottom half.

Australian Open draw
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And since this is important, let me reveal the top 8 seeds along with their respective positions in the Australian Open draw:

Top half

  • Novak Djokovic – Seed 1
  • Jannik Sinner – Seed 4
  • Andrey Rublev – Seed 5
  • Stefanos Tsitsipas – Seed 7

Bottom half

  • Carlos Alcaraz – Seed 2
  • Daniil Medvedev – Seed 3
  • Alexander Zverev – Seed 6
  • Holger Rune – Seed 8

Best first-round matches

Since it’s only the first-round matches that are guaranteed to occur at the Australian Open, I wanted to dedicate a section to the best of the bunch. And after looking at the entire draw, I highly recommend tuning in for the following if you can:

  • Auger-Aliassime vs Thiem
  • De Minaur vs Raonic
  • Tsitsipas vs Berrettini
  • Murray vs Etcheverry

Notable withdrawals

The list of Australian Open withdrawals has sadly grown over the past week or so for both singles events. Yet, specifically for the men, the key absences include Rafael Nadal, Nick Kyrgios, and Aslan Karatsev.

Potential classics

To avoid confusion, potential classics are not guaranteed whatsoever, despite how things might look on paper. In tennis, anything can happen, especially over the course of five sets for the men. But that doesn’t stop us from looking ahead to some mouthwatering encounters that could unfold over the next two weeks:

  • De Minaur vs Rublev (4th round)
  • Dimitrov vs Medvedev (4th round)
  • Alcaraz vs Zverev (quarter-final)
  • Djokovic vs Tsitsipas/Fritz (quarter-final) 

WTA Australian Open draw 2024 – the ins and outs in detail

Of course, the Australian Open draw for the WTA event is just as exciting as the men’s event. In fact, some might say that the WTA Australian Open is even more so with the potential winner being less ‘nailed on’. As for the key details for the draw, it’s all discussed below:

Top seeds

Let me identify the top seeds for the women’s event before we head into the most intriguing matches.

Australian Open draw 2024
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Once again, I’ve split the top 8 seeds into their respective sections:

Top half

  • Iga Swiatek – Seed 1
  • Elena Rybakina – Seed 3
  • Jessica Pegula – Seed 5
  • Marketa Vondrousova – Seed 7

Bottom half

  • Aryna Sabalenka – Seed 2
  • Coco Gauff – Seed 4
  • Ons Jabeur – Seed 6
  • Maria Sakkari – Seed 8

Best first-round matches

There are some incredibly exciting first-round matches that I’ve identified in the WTA Australian Open draw, all of which are coming up in the first few days of the event:

  • Swiatek vs Kenin
  • Collins vs Kerber
  • Rybakina vs Pliskova
  • Linette vs Wozniacki

Notable withdrawals

Compared with the men’s event, the WTA Australian Open has suffered more significant withdrawals. This is obviously a blow for the tournament, but there are still plenty of top players due to compete to keep that spark alive. 

As for the most high-profile withdrawals, these names include Karolina Muchova, Madison Keys, Petra Kvitova, and Belinda Bencic.

Potential classics

Finally, when it comes to potential classics for the WTA Australian Open draw 2024, there are several you should watch out for. Check out these possible matches right here:

  • Sabalenka vs Samsonova (4th round)
  • Gauff vs Fernandez (3rd round)
  • Haddad Maia vs Sakkari (4th round)
  • Pegula vs Rybakina (quarter-final)

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