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As I write this article, the 2023 Australian Open is just two weeks away. The first-round games will begin on Monday, January 16th. And from here, we will be spoiled by an entire fortnight of top-notch tennis. Of course, with the Australian Open being a Grand Slam tournament, all of the biggest names in tennis will be there. Names like Djokovic, Alcaraz, Nadal, Medvedev, and many others are on the lips of pundits at the moment.
Naturally, these are the players who many people think have the best chances of winning the Australian Open 2023. But as we all know, it’s not always the best players in the world who will win the tournament. In fact, given that Nadal and Djokovic are getting older, and thanks to players like Alcaraz breaking through, the Australian Open could be a very unpredictable tournament.
Because of this, I thought it would be appropriate to write a quick article concerning the possible underdogs who could win this Grand Slam. So if you want to take a look at some possible dark horses for the 2023 Australian Open, keep reading.
Dark Horses Who Could Win the Australian Open 2023
Amazingly, since 2005, there have been only two winners of the Australian Open who haven’t been called Djokovic, Nadal, or Federer. To their credit, Marit Safin won the event in 2005 and Stan Wawrinka won the tournament in 2014. However, this shows just how dominant the big guys have been in Melbourne throughout their respective careers.
Of course, Djokovic has been the most successful at the Australian Open with 9 titles to his name. But history doesn’t always mean that the future will follow suit! So for that reason, I’d like to mention the following three players as potential underdogs in Melbourne:
Jannik Sinner – 17.00 Odds
For me, Jannik Sinner is one of the biggest talents on tour when you look through the younger guys. At just 21 years of age, he is already in and amongst the best players in the world. He currently has a ranking of 15 in the world, yet he has a ridiculously big game – especially when he is in the zone. So at 17.00 odds, it could be worth shooting for Sinner to win the tournament as an underdog.
Frances Tiafoe – 51.00 Odds
Tiafoe is another young guy who has ridiculous talent at his disposal. He is a very clean striker of the ball, and he loves to entertain the crowd. However, this doesn’t always work to his advantage. But when it does, Tiafoe can beat anyone out there on a fast hard court – just look at his semi-final run at the 2022 US Open for proof of that.
Dominic Thiem – 67.00 Odds
Finally, I’ve decided to mention a massive underdog in the form of Dominic Thiem for my third pick. As you can see, Thiem has 67.00 odds to win the 2023 Australian Open. This is crazy for a guy who was challenging for many Grand Slam tournaments just a few years back. And don’t forget, Thiem was just a set away from winning the 2020 Australian Open against Novak Djokovic!