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2020 Australian Open Brackets

Tennis Down Under.

The 2020 Australian Open is coming to a Melbourne tennis court near you.

As Australia continues to face devastating wildfires (and there are many good relief causes that deserve our support), the nation turns its eyes for a little while to a happy diversion. The first major of the 2020 tennis calendar comes in the middle of the Australian summer, with Australia Day coming during the tournament on 26 January. It will be a more somber holiday for some.

In Melbourne, Australia’s and the world’s best tennis professionals have gathered to win this noteworthy and fun Grand Slam event. Even inside the seemingly safe confines of Rod Laver Arena, however, there have been questions about the air quality. Smoke from the bushfires elsewhere in Victoria has drifted into Greater Melbourne, raising serious concerns as to whether or not it is safe for players and spectators. According to AQICN.org, a website that monitors the Air Quality Index (AQI) in major localities across the world, there have been several days in which Melbourne has been in an unsafe range. Even moderate air quality can affect the players, who will be breathing heavily for hours. The good news for Melbourne is that there are a few days of rain in the forecast, which may halt outdoor play but will wash some impurities out of the air.

There are still singles tournaments to be won on both the men’s and women’s sides, and in February, we will learn who those players are.

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2020 Australian Open Bracket: Men’s Singles

2020 Australian Open Bracket - Men's Singles

Rafael Nadal is the top men’s singles player in the world, and should he do his duty as the top seed, he will not face another seeded player until Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain, should the latter get there as well. Nadal opens against Hugo Dellien, the only Bolivian out of the 256 singles draw players.

Novak Djokovic, the defending champion and seven-time winner in Australia, sits on the other end of this massive bracket. Long before a meeting with Nadal in an Open final, he’d have to potentially go through the likes of Grigor Dimitrov or Matteo Berretini, or more likely Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roger Federer.

2020 Australian Open Bracket: Women’s Singles

2020 Australian Open Bracket - Women's Singles

Australia has one of their own, Ashleigh Barty, as the top seed on the women’s side. All eyes, however, will be out of that number eight seed: Serena Williams. Why not; she happens to be one of the world’s best ever, even though she is not as young as she used to be. Serena leads off against Anastasia Potapova.

Speaking of the Williams family, Venus is in this tournament as well, and wouldn’t you know it, she gets to play Coco Gauff in the first round. A childhood fan of Serena and Venus Williams, Gauff went on to beat Venus at Wimbledon in one of 2019’s biggest tennis upsets. This will be Gauff’s first Australian Open main singles draw.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka sits at number three and gets Marie Bouzkova first.

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