Novak Djokovic will be the man to beat at the Australian Open 2023, the first Grand Slam of the season. The Happy Slam has many reasons for interest, and great anticipation winds among insiders, media and fans, for the first major event of the Game of the season that has just begun.
For the first time, there will be a Slam after Roger Federer and Serena Williams' farewell. But there will be all the other stars of world tennis, such as Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek, while the Wolrd no.1 Carlos Alcaraz will be out.
The most important records of the Australian Open history
Rafael Nadal was the first men to get 21 Slam titles: the Spaniard got this amazing achievement at the Australian Open 2022, by beating Daniil Medvedev in a crazy final, in which Rafa was in disadvantage of 2 sets, before winning at the 5th set!
Ken Rosewall is the youngest player to won the men's singles (in 1952, at 18 years-old and 2 months), while Martina Hingis is the youngest player to won the women's singles (in 1997 at 16 years-old and 4 months). Ken Rosewall is also the oldest player to won the men's singles (in 1972 at 38 years-old and 8 months), while Thelma Coyne Long is the oldest player twon the women's doubles (in 1954 at 35 years-old and 8 months).
Horace Rice is the oldest tennis player ever to won a title (the men's doubles of 1923 at 52 years-old), while Mirjana LuÄiÄ-Baroni is the youngest player ever to have won a title (the women's doubles of 1998, at 15 years-old and 10 months).
The 2012 final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal is the longest match in the history of the Australian Open (5 hours and 53 minutes). Thelma Coyne Long holds the recod of titles won in the women's doubles (12: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1956, 1958), while Daphne Akhurst, Nell Hall Hopman, Nancye Wynne Bolton and Thelma Coyne Long herself hold the record of titles won by a woman in mixed doubles (4, Akhurst in 1924, 1925, 1928, 1929, Hall Hopman in 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939, Wynne Bolton in 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948 and Coyne Long in 1951, 1952, 1954, 1955).
With 20 titles (6 in women's singles, 10 in women's doubles and 4 in mixed doubles) Nancye Wynne Bolton is the most successful woman and the most successful tennis player ever in the history of the Australian Open. Margaret Smith holds the women's singles record (11 titles: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973); Smith also holds the record for consecutively titles won (7: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966).
Novak Djokovic holds the record of men's singles titles (7: 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2019), while Roy Emerson holds the record of consecutively titles won (5, from 1963 to 1967). Adrian Quist holds the record of titles in men's doubles (10: 1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950), while Harry Hopman and Colin Long are the ones who hold the record of titles won by a man in mixed doubles (4, Hopman in 1930, 1936, 1937, 1939, Long in 1940, 1946, 1947, 1948).
With 13 titles (3 in the men's singles, 10 in the men's doubles), Adrian Quist is the most successful man in the history of the Australian Open.