Kooyong Classic LIVE: Scores, results, schedule, confirmed field, draw, how to watch, buy 2023 tickets


After a three-year absence, the Kooyong Classic returns to the Australian summer of tennis with one of its greatest fields.

World No.1 Carlos Alcaraz has withdrawn through injury, but there are still plenty of quality players making up the field.

In particular, the Australian crowd will be excited to see Alex de Minaur on the courts.

The Sporting News explains everything you need to know about the exhibition event.

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When is the Kooyong Classic?

The first edition of the Kooyong Classic since 2020 will be played from Tuesday, January 10 to Thursday, January 12.

It will conclude four days before the Australian Open singles 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 live scores and schedule

Thursday, January 12 order of play

Time (AEDT) Match Live score/Result Event
11am Alexei Popyrin (AUS) vs Taylor Fritz (USA) 6-7(4) 1-6 Men’s singles
Followed by Andy Murray (GBR) vs Alex de Minaur (AUS) 6-3 6-3 Men’s singles
Followed by Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) vs Harriet Dart (GBR) 6-7(2) 6-3 10-4 Women’s singles
NB 2:30pm Brandon Nakashima (USA) vs Jordan Thompson (AUS) 6-4 6-2 Men’s singles

Kooyong Classic results

Wednesday, January 11 results

Time (AEDT) Match Live score/Result Event
11am Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs Frances Tiafoe (USA) 7-6(4) 6-2 Men’s singles
Followed by Andy Murray (GBR) vs Zhang Zhizen (CHN) 2-6 6-3 10-2 Men’s singles
Followed by Donna Vekic (CRO) vs Kimberley Birrell (AUS) 2-6 6-2 10-8 Women’s singles
NB 2:30pm Wu Yibing (CHN) vs Rinky Hijikata (AUS) 6-3 6-4 Men’s singles

Tuesday, January 10 results

Time (AEDT) Match Live score/Result Event
11am Alex de Minaur (AUS) vs Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-4 6-4 Men’s singles
Followed by Borna Coric (CRO) vs Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-7(5) 6-7(3) Men’s singles
Followed by Linda Fruhvirtova (CZE) vs Donna Vekic (CRO) 4-6 3-6 Women’s singles
NB 2:30pm Rinky Hijikata (AUS) vs Zhang Zhizhen (CHN) 6-1 7-6(4) Men’s singles

Kooyong Classic field

Eight top 50 players, including three Grand Slam winners, will fine-tune their preparations for the Australian Open at Kooyong.

Alex de Minaur comes into the tournament following a mighty victory over Rafael Nadal at the United Cup.

Grand Slam-winning veterans Andy Murray and Marin Cilic provide the experience in the field alongside Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.

While four talents that are aspiring to win majors – Taylor Fritz, Jannik Sinner, Frances Tiafoe and Borna Coric – will thrill the crowds.

Kooyong Classic – Men’s field 2023

Rank Player Country
9 Taylor Fritz USA
15 Jannik Sinner ITA
17 Marin Cilic CRO
19 Frances Tiafoe USA
24 Alex de Minaur AUS
26 Borna Coric CRO
28 Grigor Dimitrov BUL
49 Andy Murray GBR
99 Zhizen Zhang CHN
102 Dominic Thiem AUT
164 Rinky Hijikata AUS
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Kooyong Classic – Women’s field 2023

Rank Player Country
67 Donna Vekic CRO
79 Linda Fruhvirtova CZE
173 Kimberley Birrell AUS

Kooyong Classic draw, schedule and results

The draw and schedule for the tournament will be released the day before it commences on Monday, January 9.

All three days will see play commence at 11:00 am AEST.

There will be a minimum of three matches and maximum of four matches scheduled each day.

Kooyong Classic format

At previous editions, eight players are scheduled into four first round matches, with the four winners advancing to the semifinals, then two winners to the final, with the winner crowned.

The four losers in the first round are relegated to a playoff draw.

Before the final, matches are played to determine the third and fourth places, fifth and six places and seventh and eight places.

In 2023, there are currently nine men booked to play instead of eight meaning there could be a change in format.

How to watch the Kooyong Classic

In Australia, SBS will broadcast the Kooyong Classic with coverage starting at 11:00am and concluding at 5:00pm each day.

Buy Kooyong Classic tickets

Tickets for the Kooyong Classic are available via Ticketek.

General admission tickets start for adults at $35, with kids under 16 able to enter for free alongside a paying adult.

Full Australian 2023 summer of tennis schedule

Date Event Location
Dec 29 – Jan 4 United Cup group stage Brisbane, Perth, 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

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