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Top Tennis Players to Watched Ahead of 2024's Australian Open

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By Augustine Mbam - - 5 Mins Read
Rafael Nadal of Spain in his match against Adrian Mannarino of France in the 2022 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 23, 2022 in Melbourne
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The 2024 tennis season has kicked off with a buzz of excitement from both returning stars and fans alike, promising a thrilling start to the year for tennis lovers.


After missing some fan-favorite players last season due to injuries and personal reasons, the Australian Open this year is set to feature a vigorous lineup of competitors.


Here are five must-watch tennis players making headlines as they gear up for the 2024 Australian Open. You don't want to miss any of them.


1. Rafael Nadal, Spain

Rafael Nadal celebrating a win
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The legendary Rafael Nadal is making a triumphant return to the Australian Open after a challenging break.


Nursing a hip injury that kept him away from professional tournaments for nearly a year, Nadal's resilience and determination are evident as he graces the court once again.


Ranked at No. 672 and playing on a wild card in Brisbane, the 37-year-old Spaniard hints that 2024 might be his last full season, adding an extra layer of significance to his matches Down Under.


2. Naomi Osaka, Japan

Naomi Osaka (Japan) reacts during round 4 of US Open Championship against Belinda Bencic (Switzerland) at Billie Jean King National Tennis Center
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Naomi Osaka, the 26-year-old Japanese sensation and two-time singles champion at Melbourne Park, is not only making a comeback to the tour but also embracing a new role as a mother.


Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam singles champion, welcomed her baby girl, Shai, in July 2023. With a deep connection to the Australian Open, Osaka is determined to reclaim her world No. 1 ranking.


Her powerful reflections after a first-round win at Brisbane International showcase her renewed commitment to the sport and gratitude for her supporters.


3. Emma Raducanu, United Kingdom


Emma Raducanu of Great Britain in action during a match at WTA Transylvania Open International Tennis Tournament.
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The 2021 U.S. Open singles champion, Emma Raducanu, is gearing up for a comeback Down Under after facing significant setbacks.


Dealing with a lingering wrist injury that sidelined her since April 2023, Raducanu underwent surgery on both hands and left ankle. Despite the challenges, the 21-year-old Brit remains optimistic and grateful for her return to the tour.


After winning the U.S. Open, Raducanu has faced difficulties advancing past the second round in Grand Slam tournaments, making her journey in the 2024 Australian Open particularly compelling.


4. Amanda Anisimova, United States


Amanda Anisimova of USA returns ball during qualifying game against Ipek Soylu of Turkey at US Open 2017
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Amanda Anisimova's story is one of strength and revival as she returns to the tennis scene after taking an "indefinite break" in May 2023.


The 22-year-old American, who experienced a challenging period following the sudden death of her father and coach Konstantin in 2019, took time off to focus on her mental health.


Engaging in new hobbies and pursuits, including selling her artwork for charity and studying at Nova Southeastern University, Anisimova enters the 2024 Australian Open with a rejuvenated spirit. Her journey is a testament to the importance of mental well-being in the competitive world of professional tennis.


5. Ben Shelton, United States


Ben Shelton of USA reacts during semifinal round against Novak Djokovic of Serbia at the US Open Championships at Billie Jean King Tennis Center in New York on September 8, 2023
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While not a comeback story, Ben Shelton is a rising American star capturing attention for his impressive performances on the big stage.

The 21-year-old from Atlanta, ranked as the world No. 17, made waves in the previous season with notable victories and deep runs in major tournaments. His achievements include reaching the quarterfinals of the Australian Open and the semifinals of the U.S. Open.


As the tennis world wonders whether Shelton's success was a a coincidence or a sign of greater things to come, all eyes will be on him to see if he can sustain his momentum and have another breakthrough year.


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What's more?


As the 2024 Australian Open unfolds, the tennis community eagerly anticipates these players' performances, each bringing their unique stories, challenges, and aspirations to the court.


Whether it's Nadal's potential farewell season, Osaka's return as a mother, Raducanu's comeback from injury, Anisimova's resilience, or Shelton's quest for continued success, these athletes promise to make the tournament a captivating spectacle for fans worldwide.


The Australian Open is not just a competition; it's a stage where the narratives of these players will unfold, captivating the hearts of tennis enthusiasts and leaving an indelible mark on the 2024 season.