Australian Open and protected ranking: what happens

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Australian Open and protected ranking: what happens

December will be a month dotted with exhibitions and the return of the vast majority of big names. Almost everyone is called to meet in the legs before the 'start' of the 2023 season. December will also be the month for the brand new United Cup, a competition that will completely replace the 'old' Hopman Cup.

The difference is that like the ATP Cup, which will obviously disappear from the calendar, the Australian event will award points and above all a much more tempting prize-money than the original competition. Then it will be time for real tennis in all respects, with the 250 tournament series which will obviously anticipate the most important of the events in the down-under season: the Australian Open.

Curiously, six will take advantage of the protected ranking for the 2023 edition of the Australian Grand Slam. Among these Stan Wawrinka, 2014 champion, looking for redemption after a not so brilliant season, full of ups and downs also due to some physical boredom.

Legitimate, also given the age. Lloyd Harris, Kyle Edmund, Hugo Dellien, Guido Pella and Jeremy Chardy also appear on the list. In short: everyone will be there, presumably even Novak Djokovic who, barring last-minute changes, should have solved all the problems relating to the non-assignment of a visa for the three years following the expulsion dated 2022.

At the same time there is also some bad news for the men's Tour. We could define Gael Monfils as a luxury forfeit, who will not fly to Australia for the first real tournament of the season precisely because of the protected ranking issue.

The French tennis player, who hasn't played an official match since August and specifically from the Canadian 1000, needs a total of six months off the circuit to be able to take advantage of the protected ranking (from the Top 20 and not from the Top 50) which is why he will to skip the entire Australian away match.

The objective, declared, is to aspire to increasingly thrifty programming and above all to better prepare for what could be one of the last appointments in his career. Yes, we are talking about the Paris 2024 Olympics which will take place on the clay court of the Roland Garros.