Basketball to make debut at Australian Open

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Williams has said she wants to return for the Australian Open, and her desire to do so is the best reason to believe that she will. But after so much time off and so many new things in her life, will the 36-year-old be ready?

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising", Tiley told the Herald Sun.

Former world no 1 Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open for the season's opening Grand Slam, organisers of the competition said on Wednesday.

Speaking to reporters in US, Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said it is "very likely" for Serena to come back in January to chase down the record of winning 24 grand slam titles now held by Margaret Court. 'It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that'. She has taken time off the tour, raising questions over whether the American would attempt to defend her title next month.

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United will play the Cairns Taipans at the venue, which is usually locked out by the Australian Open for the last two weeks of January.

Tiley is optimistic she will return for a crack at her seventh Melbourne Park crown after marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month.

The tennis player is back in training but has still not made an official statement on her return. At that point, Williams was practicing and Mouratoglou would soon join her in Florida.

Tiley described the Australian Open, which will be held from January 15 to 28, as a "family-friendly event".

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