A Nick Kyrgios-shaped question hangs over the all-important draw for the 2023 Australian Open, which will be held on Thursday afternoon (3pm AEDT) at Melbourne Park.
But critically both he and fellow Aussie Alex de Minaur are well placed to avoid the most dangerous players in the tournament until at least the last 16.
Follow our live blog from inside the draw room at the bottom of this article!
Watch Tennis Live with beIN SPORTS on Kayo. Live Coverage of ATP + WTA Tour Tournaments including Every Finals Match. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
For the first time since 2020 – when he made the fourth round and fell in four sets to Rafael Nadal – Kyrgios will be seeded at his home grand slam (20th), while de Minaur is just behind him (23rd).
It means neither Aussie can face a fellow top-32 player until the third round; and because they are both in the 17-24 bracket of seeds, neither…