As the 2023 season comes to a close, it’s natural to look ahead to 2024 and try to predict who will come out on top in the four majors next year. (Will Novak Djokovic win three more majors next year? Or will Carlos Alcaraz win several?)
However, as history has told us, humans aren’t the best at making predictions. This time we’re leaving it to Artificial Intelligence to try and predict who will win the four grand slams in 2024.
Here is what AI had to say. (And if we are wrong, don’t blame us. Blame AI!)
How many Grand Slams does AI say Novak Djokovic will win in 2024?
AUSTRALIAN OPEN – CARLOS ALCARAZ and IGA SWIATEK
According to AI, the electrifying Spaniard is set to win his third Grand Slam in as many years in Melbourne a few months from now. Due to injury, we’re yet to see the best of Alcaraz in Australia, who missed out on this year’s tournament. But if AI is right we could well see the 20-year-old pick up his first title down under.
On the women’s side, AI has the Pole winning her first Australian Open title. Swiatek had a great end to the season winning the year-end finals to secure the year-end number one ranking for the second consecutive season, and you wouldn’t bet against her doing something pretty special when the tennis world heads to Australia in January.
FRENCH OPEN – RAFAEL NADAL and ARYNA SABALENKA
Being ranked outside of the World’s top 600 and not having played a match in almost a year, are apparently not good enough reasons to deny Nadal a record 15th French Open title in the eyes of AI. It somehow wouldn’t come as too much of a surprise either, if Nadal could enter the clay court season fit and healthy, why wouldn’t he be the favourite to win Roland Garros?
Sabalenka was the most consistent performer at Grand Slam level in the women’s game in 2023, reaching the semi-finals in Paris and at Wimbledon, the final in New York, and winning in Melbourne. Suggesting anyone other than Swiatek will win the French Open seems crazy, but if anyone is going to stop her, you’d expect Sabalenka to give it a good go.
WIMBLEDON – NOVAK DJOKOVIC and COCO GAUFF
Denied a fifth consecutive Wimbledon crown by Alcaraz this year, AI is backing the Serb to redeem himself in 2024 and further extend his lead at the top of the Grand Slam race. Djokovic enters most tournaments as the favourite, and you would be brave to back anyone else to win on Centre Court, so AI could well be onto something here.
Gauff stormed into the spotlight at Wimbledon at just 15 years old, and she hasn’t stopped impressing since. A grand slam champion at 19, everything is looking up for the American, and it wouldn’t be too surprising to see her pick up another title next year. AI certainly thinks so!
US OPEN – DANIL MEDVEDEV and ELENA RYBAKINA
A former champion at Flushing Meadows, if the Russian was to win another Grand Slam, you wouldn’t be surprised if it happened in New York. Runner up in a three-set defeat to Djokovic in the final this year, AI thinks that Medvedev will go one better next time around and finally clinch his second major title.
AI believes that Rybakina will also pick up her second Grand Slam at the US Open next year. Things didn’t go completely to plan in 2023 for the Kazakh star, but you can’t help but feel it’s just a matter of time before she regularly starts picking up the big titles on tour. That matter of time is around October next year, well, if you believe AI at least!
Who knows what will happen next year, but if you’re stuck with who to back in 2024, it could be worth listening to AI!