Australian Open draw: Dan Evans to play Cameron Norrie in first spherical

Australian Open draw: Dan Evans to play Cameron Norrie in first spherical

Dan Evans celebrating at the Murray River Open
Dan Evans or Cameron Norrie might face Rafael Nadal within the third spherical of the Australian Open
Venue: Melbourne Park Dates: 8-21 February
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Dan Evans and Cameron Norrie will play each other within the first spherical of the Australian Open.

They’re the one Britons within the males’s occasion, with Kyle Edmund lacking by damage and Andy Murray unable to journey due to Covid-19 restrictions.

Within the ladies’s draw, Francesca Jones will make her Grand Slam main-draw debut in opposition to American Shelby Rogers.

British primary Johanna Konta, seeded thirteenth, will face Slovenian qualifier Kaja Juvan first.

The Australian Open – the primary Grand Slam of the yr – begins on Monday.

The draw was delayed by 24 hours, together with the six warm-up occasions which can be going down at Melbourne Park, however organisers are “completely assured” the Slam will go forward.

The 507 individuals who had been retested for coronavirus after a lodge employee contracted it have all returned damaging checks.

Who’re the Britons dealing with?

Francesca Jones in action at Yarra Valley Classic at Melbourne Park this week
Francesca Jones, who was born with a uncommon genetic situation, misplaced 6-1 6-3 to French Open semi-finalist Nadia Podoroska within the Yarra Valley Basic this week

Jones, ranked 245th, earned her place in Melbourne by profitable three qualifying matches in Dubai final month.

The 20-year-old has a uncommon genetic situation referred to as ectrodactyly ectodermal dysplasia syndrome, which suggests she was born with three fingers and a thumb on every hand, three toes on her proper foot and 4 toes on her left.

Jones was informed she would by no means play skilled tennis however she has defied docs, taking part in with a lightweight racquet and really small grip to extend her management.

Heather Watson will play Czech Kristyna Pliskova, who she beat within the first spherical of final yr’s match, whereas Katie Boulter meets Russian Daria Kasatkina.

Boulter is utilizing her protected rating to compete in Melbourne after a prolonged lay-off with a again damage.

Evans and Norrie have been team-mates on the ATP Cup and Davis Cup however have by no means met in a singles match at ATP stage.

Evans, seeded thirtieth, or Norrie might face world quantity two Rafael Nadal within the third spherical.

What in regards to the massive names?

Within the males’s draw, Serbia’s world primary Novak Djokovic begins his bid for a record-extending ninth Australian Open title in opposition to French veteran Jeremy Chardy.

Djokovic is in the identical half of the draw as US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who he beat in final yr’s Melbourne closing.

Austrian Thiem will start his marketing campaign in opposition to Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin.

Spanish rival Nadal’s preparations for his bid to land a males’s report twenty first Grand Slam singles title – which might transfer him away from Roger Federer – have been hampered by a again damage this week.

The 34-year-old will play Laslo Djere of Serbia within the opening spherical.

Within the ladies’s draw, American nice Serena Williams begins in opposition to Germany’s Laura Siegemund as she launches one other try and win a record-equalling twenty fourth main singles title.

She might meet Naomi Osaka – extensively thought-about a favorite for the title – within the semi-finals, however the Japanese has a difficult match first up in opposition to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

World primary Ashleigh Barty will play her first Grand Slam match in a yr in opposition to Danka Kovinic of Montenegro.

American defending champion Sofia Kenin begins in opposition to Australian wildcard Maddison Inglis, whereas Canadian eighth seed Bianca Andreescu is about to start her first match since October 2019 in opposition to Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania.

Andreescu, the 2019 US Open champion, withdrew from the warm-up tournaments however has stated the transfer was only a precaution after two weeks of quarantine.

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