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Andy Murray & Serena Williams 'Will Be Back' At Australian Open - Tournament Boss

Roger Federer won the men's singles title at Melbourne Park in January Roger Federer won the men's singles title at Melbourne Park in January
Spencer Simpson | 11 October, 2017, 00:28

Andy Murray "is preparing for a great 2018" and will make his grand slam return at the Australian Open, according to the tournament's director Craig Tiley.

The 35-year-old discovered she was expecting shortly before the 2017 Australian Open in January but went on to win the tournament without dropping a set, beating her sister Venus in the Melbourne final 6-4 6-4.

"I've been in contact with all the top players and am pleased to announce we'll have the full top 100 men and women returning to the Australian Open", Tiley said.

Including her seven Australian Open titles, Williams has won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in the Open-era and one shy to tie the record held by Australian Margaret Court, who coincidentally, won three of her titles after returning from giving birth to a son in 1973.

The 2018 Australian Open will take place from 15 to 28 January.

Serena Williams and partner Alexis Ohanian attend a gala event before the birth of her daughter in May.

The 2018 Australian Open has been officially launched with the world's top tennis players committed to playing in the tournament.

Another star who is expected to return to action, though there is no confirmation, is 2017 Australian Open champion Serena Williams as he she prepares for her comeback.

In the 2018 edition of the tournament, the prize money pool has increased by 10% to AU$55million (£32.4m).

Tiley said Williams was back in training to defend her title.

The women's trophy will be presented by United States great Billie Jean King, 50 years after she won her first Australian Open title.

Tiley also announced that former World No. 1 Andy Murray will compete at Melbourne Park in the tournament, which spans from January 15-28.

Murray has been sidelined since July with a hip injury.

The pair could be joined by Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, says Tiley.

Australia's charge in the men's draw will be led by world No.21 Nick Kyrgios but Tiley couldn't guarantee that Bernard Tomic would get a start.

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