Rafael Nadal (ATP 2) and Serena Williams (WTA 16) will in January is expected to participate in the Australian Open. That has the organization of the grand slam tournament Wednesday, let us know. Both tennisgrootheden, in recent months not in action.
Nadal played no more since september. The Spaniard jogged to first with the knee and then with the abs, but hit basically fit. “I have contact with him, he is again in top form”, said tournament director Craig Tiley.
Williams was not on the premises since the final of the US Open, which she lost to the Japanese Naomi Osaka and where the 37-year-old American was noticed especially by an attack of rage against the referee. She won the Australian Open in 2017, a seventh time. Williams, then eight weeks pregnant, knocked out her sister Venus in the final. In Australia, aiming them at the record number of 24 grandslamzeges.
Also Andy Murray (ATP 259), five finalist, heading to Melbourne. The Shot was a year on the side after a hip replacement surgery, and is much diminished in the ATP ranking, but enjoy a protected status. That also applies to Steve Darcis. The 34-year-old Belgian is already a long time on the side with a sore elbow, but is aiming for a return early next year.
The Swiss Roger Federer and the Danish Caroline Wozniacki were the previous edition in Australia with the victory to get.