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Have you seen the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list yet? If not, you’re about to learn who is involved in the first Grand Slam of the ATP 2024 schedule right here. Of course, this event is played down under – in Melbourne, to be precise.
Since it’s the first of the four slams, it’s hugely important in terms of setting the tone for the upcoming season too. As for the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list, this has been announced within the last few days (at the time of writing).
This means we can finally assess how the tournament is looking regarding major contenders, rising stars, homegrown talents, and more. And ultimately, by the time you are done reading through the following sections, you will be fully informed about the players who are competing in the 2024 Australian Open.
It’s all very exciting, so let’s get started right away.
ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list – top contenders
- 1 ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list – top contenders
- 2 Rising stars included in the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list
- 3 ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list – notable absences and surprise returns
Let me begin by discussing the area that the majority of tennis fans will be most interested in – the main contenders. Of course, this relates to the top players in the world right now. Subsequently, this also covers the guys who will be the highest seeds for the tournament once the draw is made.
So on that note, let me cover the five top contenders who are included on the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list as things stand.
Unsurprisingly, Novak Djokovic is planning to compete in the Australian Open once again in 2024. This has been his most successful slam throughout his career, as evidenced by the 10 Aussie Open titles he has to his name. So the fact that the world number 1 is coming back to chase an 11th title is great to see.
Sadly, Carlos Alcaraz missed the 2023 Australian Open due to a freak injury. However, the sensational Spaniard is on the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list, which suggests he will be playing the event for the first time in two years. I’m sure he will have his eyes on the trophy, too, following his performances in the 2023 season.
Although Medvedev has been just one set away from winning the Australian Open before, he has never won the event. Then again, the hard-courts of Melbourne Park suit his game perfectly, which has helped him to reach two finals in the past. Additionally, Medvedev finished the 2023 season strong, so he will be confident going into the event.
Arguably, Sinner is the most exciting threat to Djokovic’s dominance over men’s tennis. Sinner beat him twice to close out the 2023 season, and with his huge game, he is undoubtedly a title contender. But whether he can produce the goods in a slam or not remains to be seen.
The last of the five top guys on the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list is Andrey Rublev. Amazingly, Rublev has yet to go beyond the quarter-finals in a Grand Slam. In fact, this has become a bit of a running joke at this point – one which he will be looking to silence in the 2024 Australian Open.
Rising stars included in the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list
Now that you’ve got the big guns in mind, let’s adjust our focus to the category of the ‘rising stars’. To that end, I’ve included five guys here, all of whom are aged 21 or below. And for me, these are the most exciting youngsters competing down under in January.
Sure, Holger Rune might not be considered a ‘rising star’ anymore. Despite his age, he is an established top-10 player already, and he is certainly a threat to all five major contenders mentioned above. Yet there are still questions about his physical capabilities over the course of ‘best of five’ matches.
Arthur Fils is the most exciting prospect in French tennis right now, in my opinion. He is an incredible athlete, he has a huge forehand, and he recently made the final of the ATP Next Gen Finals. But just like some of the other youngsters, he’s yet to make a name for himself in Grand Slam tournaments.
Luca Van Assche
Here we have another French youngster in the form of Luca Van Assche. This 19-year-old was also involved in the 2023 Next Gen Finals, and he is a very accomplished player. And as a direct entry into the main draw, he will be looking to make the most of the opportunity in Melbourne.
This 21-year-old player from Switzerland also competed in the Next Gen Finals in 2023. Interestingly, of the three guys who also competed, it’s Stricker who has gone the furthest in a Grand Slam so far – reaching the 4th round of the US Open in 2023. Furthermore, he has a huge game, which makes him dangerous down under.
Shelton is the last player I wish to mention from the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list. This talented American made his breakthrough at the 2023 US Open by reaching the semis. And given that he has one of the biggest serves and forehands on tour, he will love the conditions in Australia.
ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list – notable absences and surprise returns
Lastly, it’s time to discuss those players who are sadly missing from the entry list. But at the same time, I must mention the pleasing news of those guys who are making a comeback in Australia.
Nick Kyrgios – absent
Although there has been a bit of back and forth on this subject in recent weeks, it has finally been confirmed that Nick Kyrgios will not be competing. He is missing from the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list, and the talented Aussie is reportedly ‘devastated’ that he won’t be ready for his home slam.
Rafael Nadal – confirmed entrant
That’s right – Rafael Nadal is included in the ATP Australian Open 2024 entry list! This is absolutely huge news, especially since the Nadal 2024 comeback has seemed somewhat uncertain in recent months. However, I must note that while Nadal is included on the entry list, this doesn’t mean that he will 100% be competing.
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