Serena Williams confirms Australian Open return

Serena Williams won her seventh Australian Open title in 2017

She first won it against her older sister, Venus, back in 2003, and has added six other Open victories since then.

After falling in the final round of qualifying previous year, Bernard Tomic has earned direct entry to next month's main draw after an encouraging season highlighted by his fourth ATP title win in Chengdu in September.

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. The move by Tennis Australia would leave just the French Open as the only grand slam that does not have tie-breakers.

Her final match last season was the final at Flushing Meadow, where her loss to Naomi Osaka was very much highlighted because of her row with umpire Carlos Ramos.

The organisers of the event have claimed that as many as 102 top women tennis players and 101 top men tennis players have confirmed that they will participate in the 2019 Australian Open. The tournament will be held at Melbourne Park, a sports site in the Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Precinct in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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The UK Times has reported that the players on the roster are now being consulted on whether the new format should be implemented at next year's Australian Open, which begins on January 14.

The Australian Open could get deciding-set tie-breakers as soon as 2019.

Andy Murray who missed three of four slams a year ago due to a hip injury and is ranked 259th in the world will also play the season-opening slam.

The 31-year-old Scot has entered the tournament with his protected ranking of number two after sliding down to 259th in the world in the wake of surgery on his injured joint. Roger Federer is the two-time men's singles champion, who will defend his title from 2017 and 2018.

Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki are the singles defending champions.

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