NEW YORK. Major tennis season officially ended this weekend as Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Sviatek won their first US Open titles.
It was the first of many Grand Slam trophies for the 19-year-old Alcaraz and the third for the 21-year-old Swiatek. Both are now the best players in the world and are considered the sport’s brightest emerging superstars.
This year, three men – Alcaraz, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – and three women – Swiatek, Ashleigh Barty and Elena Rybakina – won the most coveted titles of the year.
With four months to go before the next Grand Slam – and a slew of other tournaments, the ATP and WTA finals, and a too short off-season for players at first – it’s still too early to start guessing who will emerge victorious in 2023. While there are some players – Kas, Kas, Alcaraz and Swiatek – who could very well win several major titles next year, we are limiting each player to just one in order to keep things interesting.
When: January 16-29, 2023
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Champions 2022: Rafael Nadal and Ashleigh Barty (now retired)
2023 Men’s Winner: Carlos Alcaraz
After Alcaraz’s monumental performance in New York and his meteoric rise to the top spot in the world rankings, he should be the favorite to win this year’s first Grand Slam, especially after proving how good he is on hard court.
Over the past two weeks, Alcaraz has shown off his mind-blowing athleticism and mental toughness and has proven that no advantage is too overwhelming and no rally too difficult. While many players struggled after winning their first major tournament, Alcaraz never had a problem with pressure or attention. Expect more titles for Alcaraz in 2023 starting with Down Under in January.
2023 Women’s Winner: Coco Gauff
Ever since she burst onto the scene at age 15 in 2019, it seemed almost inevitable that one day Gauff would become a major champion. She came close in 2022, reaching the final of Roland Garros and the quarter-finals of the US Open, and appears ready for her ultimate breakthrough in 2023. Now in the top 10 for the first time in her career and her game continues to improve, Melbourne seems like the perfect place for her first major title.
When: May 28-June 11, 2023
Current champions: Rafael Nadal and Iga Swiatek
2023 Men’s Winner: Rafael Nadal
Nadal’s incredible reign on clay and at Roland Garros will end at some point, but we’re not quite ready to announce that era is over yet. Having won the tournament 14 times, including five in the last six years, the French Open will remain Nadal’s best chance for his 23rd Grand Slam title. It will no doubt be tough, especially with young players like Alcaraz and 2022 runner-up Kasper Ruud, as well as Nadal’s injuries, but Nadal remains the favorite until proven otherwise.
2023 Women’s Winner: Every Svyatek
As she proved at the US Open and during her 37-match winning streak earlier this season, Sviatek has become a contender on multiple surfaces. But clay remains her preferred and dominant surface. During the 2022 clay season, she won three titles, including at the French Open, and lost just two sets in that run. It’s almost impossible to see anyone defeat her in Paris in the near future.
When: July 3-16, 2023
Current champions: Novak Djokovic and Elena Rybakina
2023 Men’s Winner: Novak Djokovic
As in 2022, much remains uncertain for Djokovic in the upcoming season due to his unvaccinated status and after all that deportation from Australia last year. Will he be able to enter Australia in January? Wouldn’t it? We still don’t know for sure (although this looks more and more likely). But despite that, Djokovic has won the last four All England titles, even with all the chaos of his 2022, and seven overall. The man loves the grass on Center Court and she clearly loves him back. If there is one major title he is going to win in 2023, it has to be Wimbledon.
2023 Women’s Winner: Our Jaber
Unlike men, Wimbledon at this stage seems to be wide open to women. But Jabeur, who reached the 2022 All England final as well as the US Open, is sure to be looking to avenge her two disappointing Grand Slam performances in the new season. Her varied play lends itself well to grass, and two of her three career titles have come to the surface. Jabeur said she believes she will win a Grand Slam in the future and Wimbledon seems like her best opportunity next season.
When: August 28 – Sept. 10, 2023
Where: New York
Current champions: Carlos Alcaraz and Iga Sviatek
2023 Men’s Winner: Francis Tiafoe
Is this a novelty bias? Absolutely. But Tiafoe had one of the most remarkable runs at the US Open in recent memory. There was an incredible win over Nadal in the fourth round and a straight set win over Andrey Rublev in the quarters, and then he fought tooth and nail in the semi-final against Alcaraz, forcing the deciding set even if it looked almost over before. . Before leaving the court after the defeat, he told the crowd: “I will come back and win this case”, and this is hard to doubt. Let’s preliminarily celebrate him as the man who ended what was then a 20-year drought among American men for a Grand Slam title.
2023 Women’s Winner: Simona Halep
Prior to the 2022 tournament, five of the previous seven U.S. Women’s Open champions were big winners for the first time, but Swiatek and the other leaders of the game have continued to show consistency and it looks like we’ll see a dominant group win. most titles in the coming years.
Who exactly is in that group with Swiatek remains to be seen, but Halep, a two-time Grand Slam winner and winner of the Canadian Open in August, could certainly be there. She’s had a resurgence of late, playing in the Wimbledon semi-finals this summer in addition to the Toronto title, and was favorite for the 2022 US Open before being handed a shocking first-round exit. Now working with Patrick Mouratoglou, Serena Williams’ former coach, it’s no wonder she’ll pick up another major trophy in 2023. Why not in New York?