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

Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley on Tuesday announced that the top 100 men's and women's players would compete at the first Grand Slam of the year despite many having suffered injuries in 2017, reports Xinhua news agency.

Williams, who gave birth last month to her first child, a daughter, famously won the Australian Open in January while roughly eight weeks pregnant. She has just three months to get fit if she is to defend her title.

"Serena will be back", said Tiley.

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

Despite Williams' past assertions, however, she's been mum lately about her intentions with tennis, preferring instead to share more parental-oriented tidbits.

In 2018, both the men's and women's winners will collect a $4m cheque, up from $3.7m in 2017, while the entire prize money pool has increased by 10% to $55m. She now leads. It is in several months and, obviously, it will be to her to determine where she is physically.

Serena Williams is targeting a comeback for the 2018 Australian Open despite only giving birth in September. "We look forward to welcoming her and again go on that journey of breaking the all-time record for the most number of Grand Slams".

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Tiley said the winners' prizemoney had broken a barrier.

"Bernie always tends to pick it up toward the end of the season and do well leading into the year so hopefully he will be able to do that", Tiley said.

On Williams, Tiley added: "Serena will be back".

In the men's field, Tiley confirmed six-time victor Novak Djokovic and fellow former world No. 1 Andy Murray, who have both had injuries this year, would play in Melbourne 2018 along with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who contested a classic final last January.

At 35, Williams is the only player - man or woman - to win 23 grand slam singles titles in the Open era.

While Nick Kyrgios will be a headline act, fellow Australian Bernard Tomic may be forced to seek a wildcard entry unless his ranking improves to about 105 in the world.

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