Serena Williams ‘very likely’ to return for Australian Open, says Tiley

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Serena Williams is “very likely” to return to Melbourne for the 2018 , in accordance to tournament director Craig Tiley.

Williams gave birth to her first youngster, Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr, throughout the 2017 US Open, and has not competed professionally because she won her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open previously this year.

She has been in education due to the fact the birth with new hitting husband or wife Jarmere Jenkins, but mentor Patrick Mouratoglou that she experienced not nonetheless built a final decision on irrespective of whether she would contend for her eighth Australian Open singles title.

Tiley, nevertheless, was a lot more enthusiastic when requested about the prospect at a Australia function to announce that NBL clubs Melbourne United and Cairns Taipans would engage in a video game on Hisense Arena throughout the Australian Open up.

“She has got her visa, she has entered, she’s training, and she likely just demands a little bit more place for a larger entourage,” Tiley said.

“There is no query she will be completely ready in our check out.

“She desires to crack the document owned by Margaret Court and it would be a major accomplishment.”

Court docket received a document 24 Grand Slam singles titles. However, she continues to appeal to controversy for her sights on a vary of subject areas, including marriage equality, and reviews previously this calendar year that “”.

Most a short while ago, Tina Arena to the spectre of the identify of Court’s arena staying modified as Ashleigh Barty was awarded the Newcombe Medal for 2017.