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Andy Murray, Angelique Kerber to headline 2017 Australian Open

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The world’s top 99 men and 99 women are confirmed for Australian Open 2017 in January. The two new world No.1s – defending Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and five-time finalist Andy Murray – will be top seeds in Melbourne, a sign of the changing of the guard in world tennis.

The all-star player field will also feature six-time champion, No.2 Novak Djokovic, who’ll be aiming to hoist the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup for a record seventh time. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams (USA) also has an eye on the record books as she begins her campaign for a 23rd Grand Slam singles title, to surpass Steffi Graff and set a new record for the Open Era.

The only name missing from the women’s draw is two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka, who in July announced she was expecting her first child.

Players expected to use protected rankings include former world No.2 Tommy Haas (GER), Dmitry Tursunov (RUS), Jerzy Janowicz (POL) and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis.

On the women’s side Karin Knapp (ITA) and Galina Voskoboeva (KAZ) will enter on protected rankings.

Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley is looking forward to welcoming the world’s best players to Melbourne in January.

“We have an exceptionally strong field for Australian Open 2017, and it’s exciting to welcome two new world No.1s, and two new top seeds in Angie [Kerber] and Andy [Murray].

“We have been in regular contact with Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] and both are ready and excited for the Aussie summer, with Roger heading to Perth and Rafa to Brisbane for the first time.

“Like all the players, they can’t wait to get to Melbourne and start the year off well. We’re very excited about the changes onsite, and as always we have a few more surprises.

“The players already appreciate how close Melbourne Park is to the city, and how easy it is to get around. With the new bridge in place, and the whole precinct now facing the CBD, it’s even more convenient and I have no doubt all the players and fans will have a great time,” Tiley continued.

There will be 16 male qualifiers and 12 female qualifiers added to each draw, along with eight wildcards.

Women’s Main Draw wildcards allotted so far:

US reciprocal: Kayla Day (USA)

French reciprocal: Myrtille Georges (FRA)

Asia Pacific Play-off: Luksika Kumkhum (THA)

Discretionary: Lizette Cabrera (AUS)

Men’s Main Draw Wildcards allotted so far:

US reciprocal: Michael Mmoh (USA)

French reciprocal: Quentin Halys (FRA)

Asia Pacific Play-off: Denis Istomin (UZB)