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Serena Williams accepts entry for Australian Open

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New mum and defending champion Serena Williams could make her comeback at next year’s Australian Open after she was named in the tournament’s entry list, released by the organizers of the event on Friday.

 

The 23-time Grand Slam champion, who gave birth to daughter Alexis Olympia five months ago is expected to make her much publicized return to action after confirming her entry in the year’s first Major, famously called the ‘Happy Slam’.

Both the WTA and ATP No. 1s, Simona Halep and Rafael Nadal will be back in Melbourne, but the focus will be primarily on Serena, who bagged this year’s title while having entered the first trimester of her pregnancy.

Confirming the news, tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement: “Last year’s tournament broke all of the records and we look forward to welcoming back new mum Serena as she attempts to equal Margaret Court’s 24 Grand Slams.”

“We are definitely a family-friendly event and many players including reigning champion Roger Federer travel with their children to Melbourne so we remain optimistic that she will return.”

Former champions Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka, triple Grand Slam winner Andy Murray, top-ten players Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic are also expected to make their respective comebacks in the competition after being sidelined for months because of injuries.

“We have been in regular contact with Andy Murray, Kei Nishikori and Stan Wawrinka, who are all set for the Aussie summer,” said Tiley.

“They will all have lower rankings meaning there’s a real chance we’ll finally see a breakthrough from one of the rising stars like Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem or David Goffin.”

The tournament is scheduled to be held from January 15-28 at the iconic Melbourne Park.

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Updated Entry Lists For ATP Cup, Adelaide, Melbourne

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The 2022 ATP Tour season will start with an exciting week in Australia, featuring three tournaments.

 

The first week of the Australian hard-court swing will include the ATP Cup and two ATP 250 events in Adelaide and Melbourne. The ATP Cup will be played in Sydney and it will already start on Saturday (1st of January), while the two other tournaments are scheduled to begin next week.

Rafael Nadal, Reilly Opelka and Grigor Dimitrov lead the acceptance list for the Melbourne Summer Set, where Nick Kyrgios has been given a Wild-Card. Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic will be the first three seeds of the Adelaide International.

In the ATP Cup, 16 teams will compete in Sydney, including last year’s champion Russia with Daniil Medvedev. Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev have withdrawn and Austria has been replaced by France.

NEWS: Lloyd Harris has withdrawn from Melbourne; Alex Molcan has taken his place.


ATP Cup, Sydney (AUS, Hard):
Serbia: Lajovic, Krajinovic, Cacic, Sabanov
Russia: Medvedev, Safiullin, Karlovskiy
Germany: A. Zverev, Struff, Hanfmann, Krawietz, Puetz
Greece: S. Tsitsipas, Pervolarakis, Kalovelonis, P. Tsitsipas, Thanos
Great Britain: Norrie, Evans, Broady, Salisbury, J. Murray
Argentine: Schwartzman, Delbonis, Coria, M. Gonzalez, Molteni
Chile: Garin, Tabilo, Barrios Vera
Spain: Bautista-Agut, Carreno-Busta, Ramos-Vinolas, Davidovich-Fokina, P. Martinez
Italy: M. Berrettini, Sinner, Sonego, Bolelli, Fognini
Norway: Ruud, Durasovic, Hellum-Lilleengen, L. Rivera, A. Petrovic
Poland: Hurkacz, Majchrzak, Zuk, Zielinski, Walkow
Canada: Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, Schnur, Diez
Georgia: Basilashvili, Metreveli, Bakshi, Tkemaladze, Purtseladze
United States: Fritz, Isner, Nakashima, Ram
Australia (WC): De Minaur, Duckworth, Purcell, Peers, Saville
France: Humbert, Rinderknech, Roger-Vasselin, F. Martin


ATP 250 Adelaide (AUS, Hard), entry list:
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Cilic, Marin (CRO)
OUT Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
OUT Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Djere, Laslo (SRB)
Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT Rinderknech, Arthur (FRA)
Musetti, Lorenzo (ITA)
Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Millman, John (AUS)
Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
Altmaier, Daniel (GER)
Johnson, Steve (USA)
WC Bolt, Alex (AUS)
WC Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
WC Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS)
Alternates:
OUT Molcan, Alex (SVK)
IN Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)
IN Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
IN Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

Alt.1 Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Alt.2 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Alt.3 Baez, Sebastian (ARG)

ATP 250 Adelaide, qualifying:
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
Otte, Oscar (GER)
Rune, Holger (DEN)
Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
Albot, Radu (MDA)
Daniel, Taro (JPN)
Cerundolo, Francisco (ARG)
Varillas, Juan Pablo (PER)
Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
OUT Sousa, Joao (POR)
OUT Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
OUT Moraing, Mats (GER)
OUT Pouille, Lucas (FRA)

Alt Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)
Alt Heliovaara, Harri (FIN)
WC Lamchinniah, Henry (AUS)
WC Winter, Edward (AUS)
Alternates:
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
OUT Purcell, Max (AUS)
OUT Vilella Martinez, Mario (ESP)
IN Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
IN Janvier, Maxime (FRA)
IN Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

Alt.1 Statham, Rubin (NZL)
Alt.2 Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)
Alt.3 Heliovaara, Harri (FIN)
Alt.4 Cozbinov, Alexander (MDA)



ATP 250 Melbourne (AUS, Hard), entry list:
Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
OUT Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
Goffin, David (BEL)
OUT Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
Van de Zandschulp, Botic (NED)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Griekspoor, Tallon (NED)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
Munar, Jaume (ESP)
Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
WC Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
(WC)
WC O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
Alternates:
IN Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)
IN Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
IN Molcan, Alex (SVK)

OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
OUT
Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)

Alt.1 Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
Alt.2 Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Alt.3 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)

ATP 250 Melbourne, qualifying:
OUT Molcan, Alex (SVK)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
OUT Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)

Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Baez, Sebastian (ARG)
Cecchinato, Marco (ITA)
Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
Kudla, Denis (USA)
Cressy, Maxime (USA)
Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Etcheverry, Tomas Martin (ARG)
WC Polmans, Marc (AUS)
WC Hijikata, Rinky (AUS)
Alternates:
IN Sousa, Joao (POR)
OUT Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
IN Pouille, Lucas (FRA)

Alt.1 Celikbilek, Altug (TUR)
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
Alt.2 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.3 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
Alt.4 Polmans, Marc (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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Updated Entry List For Toronto

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After Washington, the US Open Series will continue with the prestigious Master 1000 event in Canada.

 

Having been played since 1968, the Canadian Master 1000 tournament is one of the most historically significant events on the men’s tennis tour. This year the National Bank Open will take place in Toronto from the 9th to the 15th of August.

The defending champion Rafael Nadal is committed to play the tournament, as well as Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer, while Novak Djokovic has decided to skip it. All the other top-20 players are in the list, excepting Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios have been given a Wild Card for the main draw.

NEWS: The former champion Roger Federer and the home favourite Milos Raonic have withdrawn due to injury. They have been replaced by Sebastian Korda and Jan-Lennard Struff.

NEWS: Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno-Busta have pulled out from the tournament. Jenson Brooksby has received the final Wild-Card for the main draw.

NEWS: Thiago Seyboth-Wild and Fernando Verdasco have withdrawn from qualifying; Liam Broady and Maxime Cressy have taken their place.


ATP Master 1000 Toronto (CAN, Hard), entry list:
OUT Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Tsitsipas, Stefanos (GRE)
OUT Zverev, Alexander (GER)
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
OUT Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
OUT Federer, Roger (ITA)
Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
OUT Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Bautista-Agut, Roberto (ESP)
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
OUT Goffin, David (BEL)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
OUT Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Isner, John (USA)
Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
OUT Coric, Borna (CRO)
Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
(SE)
WC Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
WC Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
Alternates:
IN Cilic, Marin (CRO)
IN Fritz, Taylor (USA)
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
IN Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
IN Millman, John (AUS)
IN Korda, Sebastian (USA)
IN Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)

OUT Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
IN Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
IN Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
IN Paire, Benoit (FRA)

Alt.1 Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Alt.2 Paul, Tommy (USA)
Alt.3 Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Alt.4 Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
Alt.5 Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)


ATP Master 1000 Toronto, qualifying:
OUT Millman, John (AUS)
OUT Korda, Sebastian (USA)
OUT Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)

OUT Paire, Benoit (FRA)
OUT Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
OUT Harris, Lloyd (RSA)

Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
OUT Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Musetti, Lorenzo (ITA)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
OUT Ivashka, Illya (BLR)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)

OUT (RA)
OUT (RA)
OUT (RA)

WC Diez, Steven (CAN)
WC Polansky, Peter (CAN)
WC Schnur, Brayden (CAN)
WC Draxl, Liam (CAN)
Alternates:
IN Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
IN Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
IN Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
IN Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)
OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
OUT Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Wolf, Jeffrey John (USA)
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
OUT Nakashima, Brandon (JPN)
OUT Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
OUT Soeda, Go (JPN)
OUT Bolt, Alex (AUS)

IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)

OUT Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
Alt.1 Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
OUT Zuk, Kacper (POL)
Alt.2 Petrovic, Danilo (SRB)
Alt.3 Mmoh, Michael (USA)
Alt.4 Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
Alt.5 Diez, Steven (CAN)
Alt.6 Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
OUT Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
Alt.7 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.8 Krueger, Mitchell (USA)
Alt.9 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT (SE)
ALT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
ALT Purcell, Max (AUS)
ALT Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
ALT Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
ALT Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
ALT Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
WC Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
WC Blanch, Ulises (USA)
WC Saville, Luke (AUS)
WC Fenty, Andrew (USA)
Alternates:
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
OUT Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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