Tennis is in the midst of an incredible boom period in Australia, if Google search trends in 2022 are to be believed.
The sport of racquet and its athletes dominate the lists of most searched topics in the country this year.
Data released Wednesday morning shows that tennis eclipses all other sports in terms of interest and popularity.
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On the list of most wanted Australians in their own country, Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios topped the list. Incredibly, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sits behind them in third place.
Rounding out the top five are more tennis players – Thanasi Kokkinakis and Dylan Alcott, who both won the Australian Open titles in January.
Alex de Minaur also ranks eighth on the list, behind high-profile personalities Brittany Higgins, Grace Tame and John Farnham, while Federal Opposition Leader Peter Dutton is 10th.
On the list of most searched sporting events, the Australian Open is No. 1, with two other tennis tournaments also making it into the top 10.
“I’m not surprised, first of all with Ash Barty – she’s brought so much visibility to Australian tennis in particular, not just this year but I think over the last two years as well,” the laurel told Wide World. great Australian tennis player Jelena Dokic. of Sports when informed of data from Google.
“Australians love their sport and they love supporting athletes, so I’m not surprised that she and Nick, and a few others too, are in that kind of group.
“And it’s so great to have the Australian Open as the No. 1 event. As someone who lives in Melbourne, there’s nothing the city comes alive for…when the Australian Open is coming, it’s something so special.
“Because it’s such a global event – there are only four Grand Slams a year – to have one in our city is so amazing and something we should be proud of. It’s one of best events in the world from an organizational point of view. and everything in between.”
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Australian tennis enjoyed something of a golden age in the early and mid 2000s when Dokic toured alongside Kim Clijsters, Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Pat Rafter.
But a new wave of superstars is replicating that on the world stage now.
Barty won three Grand Slam titles before announcing a shock retirement earlier this year, while Kyrgios made his first major singles final at Wimbledon in July, losing to Novak Djokovic.
Alcott also ended his stellar career after the Australian Open, while Kokkinakis won the doubles title alongside Kyrgios.
Dokic also credits year-round coverage by Nine and Stan Sport to tennis being Australia’s No.1 interest.
“I think what Nine has done is really the house of tennis, and to have all the Grand Slams and the Davis Cup, the Billie Jean King Cup and all the prep events, there’s so much coverage on different channels, and people recognize that you can watch so much tennis,” she said.
“What Nine has done to give the sport so many opportunities, we’ve never had that, they’ve done something we’ve never had in covering the sport throughout the year.
“Being able to talk tennis – not just for the Australian Open, but all year round – I think that’s what we’re on top for.”
Most Wanted Aussies
1. Ash Barty
2. Nick Kyrgios
3. Anthony Albanese
4. Thanasi Kokkinakis
5. Dylan Alcott
6. Brittany Higgins
7. Taming Grace
8. John Farnham
9. Alex de Minaur
10. Peter Duton
Most Wanted Non-Australians
1. Novak Djokovic
2. Raphael Nadal
3. Daniel Medvedev
4. Amber Heard
6. Will Smith
7. Andrew Tate
8. Anna Delvey
9. King Charles
10. Danielle Collins
The most searched sporting events
1. Australian Open (tennis)
2. FIFA World Cup
3. The Ashes
4. Winter Olympics
5. Rugby World Cup
6. Indian Wells (tennis)
7. Commonwealth Games
8. ATP Cup (tennis)
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