Roger Federer, Serena Williams commit to next year’s Australian Open


There was a question mark over Swiss great Federer, who warned this month he was in a "race against time" to be fit after two rounds of knee surgery.

"Roger Federer will also return from injury to compete in this Grand Slam", said tournament director Craig Tiley in a statement where he also highlighted the presence of Serbian Novak Djokovic (1), who will try to defend what would be his ninth crown at Melbourne Park, and the Spanish Rafael Nadal (2), who will be looking for his twenty-first Grand Slam to beat the one in Basel. He has begun training in Dubai and will target a seventh title at Melbourne Park.

In a similar situation comes American Serena Williams, number 11 among the women, who will have a new opportunity to lift her 24th Cup and draw Australia's Margaret Court, as the number one victor ever.

The Swiss, owner together with the Spanish Rafael Nadal of the record of Grand Slam titles, with 20 each, trains in his country with his coach, the Croatian Ivan Ljubicic, and chose to sign up to start the season in Australia, a tournament that he conquered on six occasions (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017 and 2018).

Winners of ATP's top awards for 2020 were announced and Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tiafoe were among the players named.

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"There are so many great storylines for the Australian Open 2021".

"Although the AO will look a bit different to previous years, the safety of everyone is our top priority". Her last grand slam triumph came at the 2017 Australian Open when she was pregnant.

The ATP had earlier announced that men's qualifying for the Australian Open would take place in Doha and Dubai from January 10-13 before players relocated to Melbourne to enter 14-day quarantine.

Melbourne only emerged from a months-long lockdown in October following a second wave of Covid-19, complicating planning for the Grand Slam and how to allow so many players and support staff to enter the country safely.