World No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will headline the Kooyong Classic in 2023 as players gear up for the Australian Open.
The home crowd, however, will likely be on the side of Alex de Minaur, with the Australian to contest the annual tournament at the ‘Spiritual Home of Australian Tennis’.
The Sporting News takes you through the key details for the upcoming Kooyong Classic.
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When is the Kooyong Classic 2023?
The 2023 edition of the Kooyong Classic will take place from Tuesday, January 10 to Thursday, January 12.
This scheduling means that the tournament will wrap up four days before the start of the Australian Open, which will begin on Monday, January 16.
Where is the Kooyong Classic played?
The annual tournament is held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club, located in the Melbourne suburb of Kooyong.
A 20-minute drive from the city’s CBD, the main stadium has an approximate capacity of 5,000.
This year’s Kooyong Classic will be the first held at the newly revamped club, after an $18 million redevelopment.
Kooyong Classic 2023 confirmed players
Eight players have been confirmed for the upcoming Kooyong Classic.
Notably, world No. 1 Carlos Alcaraz will make his only appearance prior to the Australian Open at the event.
Joining him will be Australian favourite Alex de Minaur, world No. 9 Taylor Fritz, rising star Jannik Sinner, former US Open champion Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Yoshihito Nishioka.
“With the [most recent] addition of Jannik, Grigor and Borna, it’s shaping up as one of our strongest fields in recent years,” tournament director Peter Johnston said.
“I think the addition of the United Cup the week prior to the Kooyong Classic has worked beautifully for us, as players are looking for those all-important final matches in Melbourne conditions just prior to the Australian Open.”
How to watch the Kooyong Classic 2023
The Kooyong Classic will be broadcast live on SBS and streamed via SBS On Demand between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm (AEDT) on each day of the event.
For fans based overseas, the tournament will be distributed by Media Pro Asia.
Kooyong Classic 2023 tickets
Fans can purchase tickets through Ticketek or the tournament’s official website.
Full Australian 2023 summer of tennis schedule
|Dec 29 – Jan 4||United Cup group stage||Brisbane, Perth and Sydney|
|Jan 1 – Jan 8||Adelaide International 1||Adelaide|
|Jan 1 – Jan 8||Canberra International||Canberra|
|Jan 6 – Jan 8||United Cup final four||Sydney|
|Jan 9 – Jan 14||Adelaide International 2||Adelaide|
|Jan 9 – Jan 12||Aus Open qualifying||Melbourne|
|Jan 9 – Jan 14||Hobart International||Hobart|
|Jan 10 – Jan 12||Kooyong Classic||Melbourne|
|Jan 10 – Jan 14||Victorian Wheelchair Tennis Open||Melbourne|
|Jan 13 – Jan 18||Traralgon Juniors||Traralgon|
|Jan 16 – Jan 20||Melbourne Wheelchair Open||Melbourne|
|Jan 16 – Jan 29||Australian Open||Melbourne|