Australian Open Tournament Director Says Serena Williams Is "Very Likely" To Play

Australian Open Tournament Director Says Serena Williams Is

Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou, in an interview to CNN, had earlier said that the decision on Serena's return will be taken after seeing how she fares in training.

Williams, 36, has not competed since winning a 23rd Grand Slam singles championship at the 2017 Australian Open in January.

Speaking to reporters in US, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it is "very likely" for Serena to come back in January to chase down the record of winning 24 grand slam titles now held by Margaret Court.

He told the Herald Sun: "She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage".

She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam victor would attempt to defend her title.

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Williams has said she wants to return for the Australian Open, and her desire to do so is the best reason to believe that she will.

For the first time since 2016 Australian Open, Maria Sharapova will play a Grand Slam with no need of a wild card. Margaret Court has the all-time record with 24.

The Australian Open runs from January 15-28 with the Melbourne-Cairns showdown on the 24th. "Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event", referring to Williams and her baby.

Davis Cup captain Leighton Hewitt (left) poses for a photo with Melbourne United basketballers Chris Goulding and Casper Ware (second and third left) and tennis players Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios and Dylan Alcott during an Australian Open announcement at Melbourne Park.

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