The Australian Open announced the list of players who will directly contest the final draw and among them included veteran Swiss player Roger Federer (5) after the same tennis player explained that he still has to test his knee on a court in the interview awarded to the Swiss media Schweizer Illustrierte.
“Roger Federer will also return from injury to compete in this Grand Slam,” tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement where he also highlighted the presence of Novak Djokovic (1), who will try to defend what would be his ninth crown in Melbourne Park, and Rafael Nadal (2).
The top ten seeds will be Djokovic (1), Nadal (3), Dominic Thiem (3), Daniil Medvedev (4), Federer (5), Stefanos Tsitsipas (6), Alexander Zverev (7), Andrey Rublev (8 ), Diego Schwartzman (9) and Matteo Berrettini.
In women, local player Ashleigh Barty will start as the first seed, despite having been unemployed for almost a year after not competing due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, Serena Williams (11) will have a new opportunity to equal the record of 24 greats set by local Margaret Court.
The first Grand Slam of the season will kick off for the first time in history on February 8.
The start was postponed for three weeks as a result of the extensive negotiations held by the tournament organization and the state government with the intention, in turn, of setting the conditions of the mandatory quarantine to which both players and members of their teams must submit. .
The top ten favorites will be Ash Barty (1), Simona Halep (2), Naomi Osaka (3), Sofia Kenin (4), Elina Svitolina (5), Karolina Pliskova (6), Bianca Andreescu (7), Petra Kvitova ( 8), Kiki Bertens (9) and Aryna Sabalenka (10).