Melbourne Summer Set - Betting Odds, Prize Money and Tournament History



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Adaptability is essential to the growth of any sport in the world. With changing landscapes, every country and event organizer comes up with their own ideas and innovations to protect their product and maximize their event's competitiveness and commercial aspects. Tennis Australia is one such example of seising the opportunity, as they introduced a new Competition named Melbourne Summer Set in 2022.


The Melbourne Summer Set is a warm-up event before the Australian Open.  In photo:  Raphael Nadal.What is Melbourne Summer Set?

Melbourne Summer Set is a set of two tennis tournaments, named Melbourne Summer Set 1 and Melbourne Summer Set 2, that were played simultaneously at the start of 2022. Tennis Australia organized both the events, and the events were part of the 2022 ATP Tour and WTA Tour.


History and Foundation:

Australian Open normally kickstarts the festivity in the tennis circles at the start of a new year. However, prior to the marquee event, several warm-up events are played. Players often participate in these events in the lead-up to the Australian Open to ensure that they enter the event in good form. In 2022, Several of these warm-up events like Brisbane International, Hobart International, ATP Auckland Open, and the WTA Auckland Open were canceled because of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.

Tennis Australia sensed this opportunity and organized the inaugural edition of the Melbourne Summer Set 2022. Both the sets were played simultaneously,adding to the event's distinctive nature.


Location, Courts, and Dates:

Both the Sets were played on hard courts at Melbourne Park, Melbourne. The dates for the 2022 event were 4th to 9th January, while the Australian Open was played between Jan 17, 2022 - Jan 30, 2022.


Prize Money:

The prize money for the ATP event was a shade over half a million US dollars, while the WTA event had almost half of that at 239,477 US Dollars.


Big Names at the Event:

The key names at the event included Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Christopher O Connell, Nick Kyrgios, Emma Raducanu, Naomi Osaka, Grigor Dimitrov, and Reilly Opelka.

Let's look into each of the sets separately.


Melbourne Summer Set 1:

Melbourne Summer Set 1 is comprised of two tournaments. These were an ATP Tour 250 tournament and a WTA 250 tournament featuring both singles and doubles events.

Winners:

Rafael Nadal won the Men's Singles competition at the Melbourne Summer Set 1 by defeating Maxime Cressy of the USA in the final.

The doubles final had Dutch player Wesley Koolhof and British tennis player Neal Skupski playing against the pair of Aleksandr Nedovyesov from Kazakhstan and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi from Pakistan. Koohlof and Skupski won the final by 6-4 and 6-4.

In the WTA 250 competition, former world number 1 Simona Halep won the final by 6-2 and 6-3 against Veronika Kudermetova. Similarly, the women's event was won by Anisa Muhammad and Jessica Pegula against the Italian pair of Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini.


Melbourne Summer Set 2

The Summer Set 2 involved a WTA 250 competition as part of the 2022 WTA Tour. Amanda Anisimova won the singles competition while Bernarda Pera and Katerina Siniakova won the doubles competition.

Serving as a Warm-up - Nadal Supremacy:

The Summer Sets were expected to serve as the warm-up events for the prestigious Australian Open. The results further cemented the idea as Rafael Nadal went on to win both the Melbourne Summer Sets and Australian Open 2022 within a span of two weeks.


2023 Melbourne Summer Sets:

There is very little detail available about the 2023 Melbourne Summer Sets as of now. The Australian Open is scheduled to begin on January 16th. If the summer sets get a nod of approval for the second season, the dates are expected to fall in the first week of January 2023.

Tournament Details:

Total Prize Money: $760,000
Surface: Hard court
Country: Australia