World’s Top Players Confirm Entry To Australian Open

MELBOURNE, December 13, 2019 (AO Press Release)

The world’s top players will return to Melbourne Park in January, led by Australian world No.1 Ash Barty in the women’s draw and Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the men’s.

Targeting a record eighth Australian Open crown is defending champion and world No.2 Novak Djokovic (SRB), joined by [3] Roger Federer (SUI), [4] Dominic Thiem (AUT), [5] Daniil Medvedev (RUS), [6] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE), [7] Alexander Zverev (GER), [8] Matteo Berrettini (ITA), [9] Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) and [10] Gael Monfils (FRA) rounding out an enthralling mixture of new generation contenders and experienced Grand Slam champions in the top 10.

With main draw acceptance lists confirmed today, the women’s field is packed with Grand Slam pedigree, including defending champion [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN), reigning Wimbledon champion [4] Simona Halep (ROU), US Open champion [5] Bianca Andreescu (CAN), AO 2019 finalist [7] Petra Kvitova and seven-time AO champion [10] Serena Williams (USA).

Missing from the field is world No.50 and two-time former AO champion Victoria Azarenka (BLR) who withdrew prior to the entry deadline.

Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) returns on a protected ranking of No. 22, following a six-month injury break and 35-year-old Russian and AO 2009 semifinalist Vera Zvonareva re-enters the big time with a protected ranking of No.78.

A total of 104 players receive direct entry into the men’s and women’s singles main draw and a further eight are awarded wildcards, while 16 places will be settled at the qualifying rounds from 8-11 January 2020.

“We are delighted to welcome this extremely strong player field to Melbourne in what promises to be a once in a generation event,” said AO tournament director Craig Tiley.

“The very best players are back, there are records up for grabs and it is very possible we will see a new champion crowned on both sides.

“There are so many great storylines for AO 2020 … emerging players continue to break through, including our own world No.1 Ash Barty. Will it be the year for one of the young guns to stop Novak, Roger or Rafa? And can Serena win her 24th Grand Slam singles title?” Tiley continued.

In the past decade, and with the exception of Swiss Stan Wawrinka in 2014, the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup has been won by Djokovic in 2019, 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011 and Roger Federer in 2018, 2017, 2010 while Nadal won his first – and only – AO crown in 2009.

There have been seven different women’s champions since 2010 – Osaka (2019), Dane Caroline Wozniacki (2018), who has announced that Australian Open 2020 will be her final tournament, Serena Williams (2017, 2015, 2010), German Angelique Kerber (2016), Li Na (2014), Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (2013, 2012) and Belgian Kim Clijsters (2011). 

Four other women join Zvonareva in the field on protected rankings, with [43] Catherine (CiCi) Bellis (USA), [85] Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR), [85] Katie Boulter (GBR) and [93] Anna Karolina Schmiedlova (SVK) all returning to Grand Slam competition.

No.71 Yen-Hsun Lu (TPE), [73] Vasek Pospisil (CAN), [83] Mackenzie McDonald (USA) and [95] Cedrik-Marcel Salvatore Caruso (ITA) join del Potro in the draw with protected rankings.

Eight Australians have direct entry into their home Grand Slam, with top ranked Barty joined by [51] Ajla Tomljanovic and [99] Samantha Stosur, who completed her 16th consecutive top-100 finish 20 years after turning pro in 2019.

World No.18 Alex de Minaur leads the Australian men’s contingent with (30) Nick Krygios, (48) John Millman, (63) Jordan Thompson and (97) Alexei Popyrin all confirmed for the main draw.

Now in its 115th year, the Australian Open will take place from 20 January to 7 February 2020.

Women’s entry list

Men’s entry list

Ranking

First Name

Last Name

Nation

Ranking

First Name

Last Name

Nation

1

Ashleigh

Barty

AUS

1

Rafael

Nadal

ESP

2

Karolina

Pliskova

CZE

2

Novak

Djokovic

SRB

3

Naomi

Osaka

JPN

3

Roger

Federer

SUI

4

Simona

Halep

ROU

4

Dominic

Thiem

AUT

5

Bianca

Andreescu

CAN

5

Daniil

Medvedev

RUS

6

Elina

Svitolina

UKR

6

Stefanos

Tsitsipas

GRE

7

Petra

Kvitova

CZE

7

Alexander

Zverev

GER

8

Belinda

Bencic

SUI

8

Matteo

Berrettini

ITA

9

Kiki

Bertens

NED

9

Roberto

Bautista Agut

ESP

10

Serena

Williams

USA

10

Gael

Monfils

FRA

11

Aryna

Sabelenka

BLR

11

David

Goffin

BEL

12

Johanna

Konta

GBR

12

Fabio

Fognini

ITA

13

Madison

Keys

USA

13

Kei

Nishikori

JAP

14

Sofia

Kenin

USA

14

Diego

Schwartzman

ARG

15

Petra

Martic

CRO

15

Denis

Shapovalov

CAN

16

Marketa

Vondrousova

CZE

16

Stan

Wawrinka

SUI

17

Elise

Mertens

BEL

17

Karen

Khachanov

RUS

18

Alison

Riske

USA

18

Alex

de Minaur

AUS

19

Donna

Vekic

CRO

19

John

Isner

USA

20

Angelique

Kerber

GER

20

Grigor

Dimitrov

BUL

21

Karolina

Muchova

CZE

21

Felix

Auger-Aliassime

CAN

22

Dayana

Yastremska

UKR

22

Lucas

Pouille

FRA

23

Maria

Sakkari

GRE

22SR

Juan Martin

del Potro

ARG

24

Amanda

Anismova

USA

23

Andrey

Rublev

RUS

25

Sloane

Stephens

USA

24

Benoit

Paire

FRA

26

Anett

Kontaveit

EST

25

Guido

Pella

ARG

27

Anastasija

Sevastova

LAT

26

Nikoloz

Basilashvili

GEO

28

Julia

Goerges

GER

27

Pablo

Carreno Busta

ESP

29

Danielle

Collins

USA

28

Borna

Coric

CRO

30

Qiang

Wang

CHN

29

Jo-Wilfried

Tsonga

FRA

31

Anastasia

Pavlyuchenkova

RUS

30

Nick

Kyrgios

AUS

32

Su-Wei

Hsieh

TPE

31

Milos

Raonic

CAN

33

Barbora

Strycova

CZE

32

Taylor

Fritz

USA

34

Yulia

Putintseva

KAZ

33

Cristian

Garin

CHI

35

Garbiñe

Muguruza

ESP

34

Dusan

Lajovic

SRB

36

Elena

Rybakina

KAZ

35

Jan-Lennard

Struff

GER

37

Caroline

Wozniacki

DEN

36

Reilly

Opelka

USA

38

Kristina

Mladenovic

FRA

37

Hubert

Hurkacz

POL

39

Shuai

Zhang

CHN

38

Laslo

Djere

SRB

40

Veronika

Kudermetova

RUS

39

Marin

Cilic

CRO

41

Saisai

Zheng

CHN

40

Filip

Krajinovic

SRB

42

Ekaterina

Alexandrova

RUS

41

Albert

Ramos-Vinolas

ESP

43

Magda

Linette

POL

42

Daniel

Evans

GBR

43SR

Catherine

Bellis

USA

43

Adrian

Mannarino

FRA

44

Rebecca

Peterson

SWE

44

Sam

Querrey

USA

45

Jelena

Ostapenko

LAT

45

Pablo

Cuevas

URU

46

Caroline

Garcia

FRA

46

Radu

Albot

MOL

47

Alison

Van Uytvanck

BEL

47

Frances

Tiafoe

USA

48

Yafan

Wang

CHN

48

John

Millman

AUS

49

Polona

Hercog

SLO

49

Fernando

Verdasco

ESP

51

Ajla

Tomljanovic

AUS

50

Juan Ignacio

Londero

ARG

52

Viktoria

Kuzmova

SVK

51

Jeremy

Chardy

FRA

53

Venus

Williams

USA

52

Lorenzo

Sonego

ITA

54

Svetlana

Kuznetsova

RUS

53

Cameron

Norrie

GBR

55

Carla

Suárez Navarro

ESP

54

Casper

Ruud

NOR

56

Jennifer

Brazy

USA

55

Gilles

Simon

FRA

57

Marie

Bouzkova

CZE

56

Alexander

Bublik

KAZ

58

Katerina

Siniakova

CZE

57

Ugo

Humbert

FRA

59

Alize

Cornet

FRA

58

Aljaz

Bedene

SLO

60

Iga

Swiatek

POL

59

Miomir

Kecmanovic

SRB

61

Anna

Blinkova

RUS

60

Joao

Sousa

POR

62

Fiona

Ferro

FRA

61

Richard

Gasquet

FRA

63

Lauren

Davis

USA

62

Feliciano

Lopez

ESP

64

Tamara

Zidansek

SLO

63

Jordan

Thompson

AUS

65

Bernarda

Pera

USA

64

Pablo

Andujar

ESP

66

Kristyna

Pliskova

CZE

65

Pierre-Hugues

Herbert

FRA

67

Aliaksandra

Sasnovich

BLR

66

Ricardas

Berankis

LTU

68

Cori

Gauff

USA

66SR

Alexandr

Dolgopolov

UKR

69

Daria

Kasatkina

RUS

67

Mikhail

Kukushkin

KAZ

70

Kirsten

Flipkens

BEL

68

Tennys

Sandgren

USA

71

Lin

Zhu

CHN

69

Kyle

Edmund

GBR

72

Lesia

Tsurenko

UKR

70

Marton

Fucsovics

HUN

73

Jil

Teichmann

SUI

71

Marco

Cecchinato

ITA

74

Sorana

Cirstea

ROU

71SR

Yen-Hsun

Lu

TPE

75

Laura

Siegemund

GER

72

Andreas

Seppi

ITA

76

Ons

Jabeur

TUN

73

Yoshihito

Nishioka

JAP

77

Zarina

Diyas

KAZ

73SR

Vasek

Pospisil

CAN

78

Andrea

Petkovic

GER

74

Mikael

Ymer

SWE

78SR

Vera

Zvonareva

RUS

75

Hugo

Dellien

BOL

79

Monica

Puig

PUR

76

Federico

Delbonis

ARG

80

Viktorija

Golubic

SUI

77

Nicolas

Jarry

CHI

81

Shuai

Peng

CHN

78

Jannik

Sinner

ITA

82

Taylor

Townsend

USA

79

Philipp

Kohlschreiber

GER

83

Misaki

Doi

JPN

80

Roberto

Carballes Baena

ESP

84

Jessica

Pegula

USA

81

Yasutaka

Uchiyama

JAP

85

Sara

Sorribes Tormo

ESP

82

Gregoire

Barrere

FRA

85SR

Katie

Boulter

GBR

83

Corentin

Moutet

FRA

85SR

Kateryna

Bondarenko

UKR

83SR

Mackenzie

McDonald

USA

86

Danka

Kovinic

MNE

84

Stefano

Travaglia

ITA

87

Tatjana

Maria

GER

85

Steve

Johnson

USA

88

Nina

Stojanovic

SRB

86

Jaume

Munar

ESP

89

Christina

McHale

USA

87

Alejandro

Davidovich Fokina

ESP

90

Timea

Babos

HUN

88

Soonwoo

Kwon

KOR

91

Vitalia

Diatchenko

RUS

89

Thiago

Monteiro

BRA

92

Kateryna

Kozlova

UKR

90

Tommy

Paul

USA

93

Arantxa

Rus

NED

91

Kevin

Anderson

RSA

93SR

Anna Karolina

Schmiedlova

SVK

92

Leonardo

Mayer

ARG

94

Kristie

Ahn

USA

93

Damir

Dzumhur

BIH

95

Anastasia

Potapova

RUS

94

Dominik

Koepfer

GER

96

Madison

Brengle

USA

95

Ivo

Karlovic

CRO

97

Jasmine

Paolini

ITA

95SR

Cedrik-Marcel

Stebe

GER

98

Paula

Badosa

ESP

96

Salvatore

Caruso

ITA

99

Samantha

Stosur

AUS

97

Alexei

Popyrin

AUS

100

Camila

Giorgi

ITA

98

Egor

Gerasimov

BLR

 

*Rankings as at 9/12/2019.