Top players set for Aussie Open

Ruben Hill
December 7, 2018

Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in 2019 as she goes in search of a record-equalling 24th grand slam title.

In March, Serena returned to the court after the birth of her daughter, and this year was also marked by one of the largest scandals in her career, when Williams was fined 17 thousand dollars for the behavior in the final of the US Open. Tennis Australia has reportedly been given permission by the Grand Slam Board to shorten the length of matches at the first major tournament of the year. Wimbledon recently bowed to pressure from players, coaches and fans and introduced a convention final-set tie-breaker (first player to seven with a margin of two) but only when the game score reaches 12-12.

"It's an exciting time of year and we can't wait to welcome this exceptionally strong player field to Melbourne for Australian Open 2019", tournament director Craig Tiley said.

Nick Kyrgios faces being unseeded at a grand slam for the first time in more than three years as the Australian Open boasts its strongest field in memory. Caroline Wozniacki will defend her women's singles champion title from 2018.

Also, among the 102 women and 101 men to have confirmed they will compete in the first grand slam of 2019 is a five-time runner up, Andy Murray, who missed three of the four majors previous year because of a hip injury.

The evergreen Federer will be back to defend his title, along with long-time adversary Novak Djokovic.

A total of 102 women and 101 men have confirmed they will compete in the tournament which will be held from the 14th to the 27th of January, 2019.

Reigning champion, Roger Federer, will be gunning for a record seventh men's single crown from January 14-27, while Caroline Wozniacki will embark on her maiden grand slam title defense at Melbourne Park. Tiley also said about Caroline, "It's always special to see our defending champions - Caroline had her first Grand Slam win here past year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high".

Roger Federer, the Reigning champion is aiming for making a record after winning men's singles crown for the seventh time.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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