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Andy Murray will return for Australian Open claims tournament director

11 October 2017, 12:25 | Pamela Mathis

Tournament director Craig Tiley said on Tuesday the reigning Australian Open champion was close to returning to the game after taking time out for the birth of her first daughter in September.

Speaking after an announcement on what fans could expect of the 2018 tournament, he said: "Serena, the competitor that she is, she wants to win more than the 23 grand slam titles that she has".

And Australian Open organisers confirmed she is still pushing to return to the WTA Tour in Melbourne Park.

Including her seven Australian Open titles, Williams has won a total of 23 Grand Slam singles titles, more than anyone else in the Open-era and one shy to tie the record held by Australian Margaret Court, who coincidentally, won three of her titles after returning from giving birth to a son in 1973.

Venus is in career-best form, achieving her highest ranking since January 2011 after she finished runner-up to Serena at both Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

If that's in Melbourne, she'll be competing for more money.

The men's and women's singles winners will each collect four million Australian dollars (£2.4m) in 2018, up from A$3.7m in 2017, while the entire prize money pool has increased by 10% to A$55m (£32.4m).

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Serena Williams has revealed she is aiming to make her comeback to grand slam tennis at the 2018 Australian Open.

"There's several months to go and obviously it will be up to her as to where she is with her fitness".

Having generated record broadcast figures this year, Tiley said next year's event would again provide excitement and drama, particularly if, as expected.

The pair could be joined by Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, says Tiley.

Murray has been sidelined since July with a hip injury.

"Her baby's initials are AO [Alexis Ohanian] and she's suggested she should also have her name on the 2017 trophy, so the AO is well and truly top of mind for her at the moment", Tiley said.

Australia's charge in the men's draw will be led by world No.21 Nick Kyrgios but Tiley couldn't guarantee that Bernard Tomic would get a start.



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