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Kyrgios set for unseeded Australian Open

Kyrgios set for unseeded Australian Open”

The Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi is scheduled to be Williams' next tournament at the end of the month, providing her with a platform to be ready for the first grand slam of 2019 when she could match Margaret Court's record of 24 titles. Her daughter Alexis Olympia was born in the following September after her win.

Williams reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals after her return a year ago but lost both, leaving her one short of Australian Margaret Court's tally of grand slam singles titles.

Her appearance will mark her first major since her controversial rant at an umpire during the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, which overshadowed the Japanese star's biggest ever win. Wimbledon had recently made a similar change, to be implemented in 2019 where-in that competition tie-breakers will be played at 12-12 in the deciding set and follow the regular singles format of players needing to reach 7 points by a margin of two.

Australian Open held in Melbourne during the period 14-27 January.

The 31-year-old Scot has also entered the tournament with his ranking of No.2.

Defending champions, Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki will embark on their titles defence as well. 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".

Andy Murray will be included in the men's draw alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

"I've been in touch with Rafa and he's back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can't wait to arrive in Australia", he added.



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