Serena Williams to make comeback at Australian Open

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But the Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley is adamant that Murray, along with Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori who have also struggled through persistent injuries, will be fit and firing come January for the first Grand Slam of the season.

Williams won her 23rd Grand Slam title, one short of Margaret Court's all-time record of 24, at the 2017 Australian Open.

"Serena goes back, She wants to come back in 2018 and defend his title".

"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.

"Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 Grand Slam titles that she has", he said.

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"Serena is a truly remarkable athlete and she's hasn't ruled out a return to the Australian Open".

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

The 36-year-old would be competing for a tournament record A$4 million ($3.11 million) winner's purse in 2018, with total prize money hiked 10 percent to A$55 million.

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

Serena Williams is aiming to make her comeback to the grand slam circuit at the 2018 Australian Open with a record $4 million purse on offer.

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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.

"Serena will be back".

The British number one has been sidelined since limping out of Wimbledon with a hip injury in July and he is unlikely to play again this year.

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

Meanwhile, Tiley could not guarantee wayward Australian Bernard Tomic would get a start in the men's draw.

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