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Australian Open: Best UK chances of success Down Under

Great Britain has enjoyed little success at the Australian Open over the years with Virginia Wade the last woman to win the singles title back in 1972 and Fred Perry the last man to go the distance back in 1934.

Andy Murray has since come closest but ultimately it remains a bit of a bogey Grand Slam for Britain's best.

This year, though, British spectators could have reason to be optimistic with a handful of players in the mix in the men's and women's singles from Cameron Norrie to Jack Draper to Emma Raducanu.

What2023 Australian Open
WhereMelbourne, Australia
WhenMonday 16th January - Sunday 29th January
How to watchEurosport
OddsNovak Djokovic 8/11, Daniil Medvedev 9/2, Rafael Nadal 11/1, Nick Kyrgios 12/1, Stefanos Tsitsipas 14/1

Norrie represents Great Britain's best hope

Currently 12th in the ATP rankings, Cameron Norrie looks the most likely of the Britons heading down under to cause a stir.

Norrie suffered a straight-sets defeat against Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Australian Open last year but went from strength to strength last season, claiming titles at Delray Beach and in Lyon and reaching the semi-finals at Wimbledon.

He may not have the London crowds behind him in the Australian Open but he could be in with a chance of going far and starts his campaign against wildcard Frenchman Luca Van Assche in the first round. Norrie is 66/1 to triumph in the To Win Outright market.

Dan Evans is the next highest Briton in the ATP rankings in 27th spot but is 200/1 to go the distance, having never gone further than the fourth round in Melbourne.

Draper and Murray face tough draws

For Scotsman Murray, the Australian Open was the one that got away. He never won the French Open either but he reached the final of the Melbourne major on five occasions between 2010 and 2016, falling at the final hurdle each time.

There is no doubting the veteran's best years are behind him and preparations have not gone well for the Australian Open with Murray losing his first game at the Adelaide International in straight sets against Korda.

On top of that Murray has been drawn against talented Italian Matteo Berrettini in the first round and also has second seed Casper Ruud in his section of the draw, so it is no surprise to see him rated 100/1 to win the Grand Slam.

Jack Draper, 21, is at the other end of the career spectrum to Murray but has also been handed a challenging draw with top seed and defending champion Rafael Nadal awaiting him in the first round. Draper is 100/1 to win the Australian Open 2023.

Draper has been in action in the Adelaide International recently and impressed with a victory over Karen Khachanov this week.

Kyle Edmund, who is in the first round of the draw with a protected ranking and faces 15th seed Jannik Sinner, is another to keep an eye on in the men's singles competition.

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Australian Open Men's Outright odds

Australian Open Women's Outright odds

What2023 Australian Open Women
WhereMelbourne, Australia
WhenMonday 16th January - Saturday 29th January
How to watchEurosport
OddsIga Swiatek 2/1, Aryna Sabalenka 8/1, Caroline Garcia 11/1, Jessica Pegula 11/1, Ons Jabeur 12/1

Raducanu looks to better Melbourne record

Great British players are few and far between in the women's draw and Raducanu once again looks like her country's best hope of pulling off a shock.

British number one Raducanu, who is still only 20, made a statement back in 2021 when she defied all expectations to win the US Open.

Since then she has struggled slightly but she achieved her best finish at the Australian Open last year when she progressed to the second round.

Raducanu has a long and promising career ahead of her and looks about right at 50/1 to go the distance but the beauty of the women's Grand Slams in recent years has been the absence of a dominating figure - although Iga Swiatek may now have a thing or two to say about that - and the draw looks pretty open once again.

Raducanu, who is 75th in the WTA rankings, has been battling to overcome an ankle injury picked up in Auckland last week and has drawn world number 74 Tamara Korpatsch in the first round in Melbourne.

World number 96 Harriet Dart is perhaps the next best hope for Great Britain in the women's singles draw with Swiss star Jil Teichmann facing her in the first round.

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