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Australian Open 2017 Entry Lists: Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber lead fields as entry lists announced for Melbourne

Andrew Hendrie in News 27 Dec 2016
  • Australian Open 2017 entry lists announced
  • Defending champions Novak Djokovic and Angelique Kerber return
  • Australian Open 2017 is live from Melbourne Park between January 16-29
Will Andy Murray break through for his first Australian Open title, or can Novak Djokovic lift the trophy a record seventh time? (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

An all-star line-up has been confirmed for the 2017 Australian Open, with new World No. 1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber leading their respective fields as the men’s and women’s singles entry lists were officially announced on Thursday.

Fresh from ending a career-best season as World No. 1 with the ATP World Tour Finals title, Andy Murray targets a first ever Australian Open title when he returns to Melbourne Park in January. Five-times a runner-up in Melbourne, Murray comes into this year’s Australian Open confident and ranked as the best player in the world.

His main nemesis will again come in the form of Novak Djokovic. The Serbian is aiming to defend his title, and if he’s successful, Djokovic will become the first player in history to capture seven Australian Open titles.

Former champions Stan Wawrinka, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are also headline acts, with Federer - currently ranked 16th due to injury - in danger of potentially facing either Murray, Djokovic or Wawrinka as early as the fourth round.

Juan Martin del Potro is the most dangerous floater in the draw, while Australians Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic will look to end the nation’s lengthy drought at their home slam.

Veterans Tommy Haas, Tommy Robredo and Dmitry Tursunov have entered using protected rankings, as have the erratic Jerzy Janowicz and luckless Next Generation star Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Juan Martin del Potro is the most high-profile withdrawal on the men's side to date, with the Argentine confirming his absence from the 2017 Australian Open due to fitness concerns after leading his country to maiden Davis Cup glory in late November.


Meanwhile, on the women’s side, Angelique Kerber returns to the scene of her maiden grand slam triumph. Kerber’s stunning win over Serena Williams in the the 2016 Australian Open final was the catalyst to her career-best season, in which she also secured the US Open silverware and made the Wimbledon final on her way to ending the year as World No. 1.

Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams are the only former champions in the women's draw (Photo by PAUL CROCK/AFP/Getty Images)

With Victoria Azarenka expecting her first child shortly, along with Maria Sharapova’s suspension from the tour, Kerber and Williams are the only two former champions in the 2017 Australian Open draw. Furthermore, Ana Ivanovic and Dominika Cibulkova are the only former finalists lining up in the field.

Speaking of Cibulkova, the diminutive Slovakian powerhouse comes into the Australian Open following a stellar season. Cibulkova starred in several match-of-the-year candidates, captured four titles - including the season-ending WTA Finals Singapore - and ended the season ranked a career-high World No. 5.

Unpredictable French Open champion Garbine Muguruza always remains a threat, while the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep will continue their search for a first grand slam title in Melbourne.

Italian Karin Knapp and Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva have entered with protected rankings.

Madison Keys, a former semi-finalist in Melbourne, has pulled out of the tournament after undergoing minor wrist surgery in the off-season, while Petra Kvitova is also missing (and will be sidelined for at least six months) after suffering shocking injuries to her left hand in a terrifying knife attack inside her own home.

“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],” Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said in a statement on Thursday.
“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.

Eight wildcards will be added to both the men’s and women’s draw, while 16 male qualifiers and 12 female qualifiers will also enter.

Check out the entry lists for Australian Open 2017 below:

Men’s acceptance list

1 Murray, Andy
2 Djokovic, Novak
3 Raonic, Milos
4 Wawrinka, Stan
5 Nishikori, Kei
6 Cilic, Marin
7 Monfils, Gael
8 Thiem, Dominic
9 Nadal, Rafael
10 Berdych, Tomas
11 Goffin, David
12 Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried
13 Kyrgios, Nick
14 Bautista Agut, Roberto
15 Pouille, Lucas
16 Federer, Roger
17 Dimitrov, Grigor
18 Gasquet, Richard
19 Isner, John
20 Karlovic, Ivo
21 Ferrer, David
22 Cuevas, Pablo
23 Sock, Jack
24 Zverev, Alexander
25 Simon, Gilles
26 Haas, Tommy*
27 Tomic, Bernard
28 Ramos-Vinolas, Albert
29 Lopez, Feliciano
30 Troicki, Viktor
31 Carreno Busta, Pablo
32 Querrey, Sam
33 Kohlschreiber, Philipp
34 Johnson, Steve
35 Muller, Gilles
36 Klizan, Martin
37 Baghdatis, Marcos
38 Granollers, Marcel
39 del Potro, Juan Martin - OUT - Fitness concerns
40 Mahut, Nicolas
41 Lorenzi, Paolo
42 Delbonis, Federico
43 Verdasco, Fernando
44 Sousa, Joao
45 Almagro, Nicolas
46 Edmund, Kyle
47 Kuznetsov, Andrey
48 Paire, Benoit
49 Coric, Borna
50 Fognini, Fabio
51 Mayer, Florian
52 Zverev, Mischa
53 Schwartzman, Diego
54 Khachanov, Karen
55 Robert, Stephane
56 Vesely, Jiri
57 Bagnis, Facundo
58 Youzhny, Mikhail
59 Robredo, Tommy*
60 Jaziri, Malek
61 Haase, Robin
62 Mannarino, Adrian
63 Bellucci, Thomaz
64 Dolgopolov, Alexandr
65 Struff, Jan-Lennard
66 Lu, Yen-Hsun
67 Monaco, Juan - OUT - Wrist injury
68 Evans, Daniel
69 Anderson, Kevin
70 Melzer, Gerald
71 Chardy, Jeremy
72 Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo
73 Zeballos, Horacio
74 Brown, Dustin
75 Mathieu, Paul-Henri
76 Marchenko, Illya
77 Pavlasek, Adam
78 Fritz, Taylor
79 Dzumhur, Damir
80 Herbert, Pierre-Hugues
81 Thompson, Jordan
82 Pella, Guido
83 Elias, Gastao
84 Kokkinakis, Thanasi*
85 Monteiro, Thiago
86 Olivo, Renzo
87 Millman, John
88 Kravchuk, Konstantin
89 Darcis, Steve
90 Seppi, Andreas
91 Young, Donald
92 Kukushkin, Mikhai
93 Tursunov, Dmitry*
94 Harrison, Ryan
95 Giraldo, Santiago
96 Berankis, Ricardas
97 Lajovic, Dusan
98 Basilashvili, Nikoloz
99 Janowicz, Jerzy*
100 Berlocq, Carlos
101 Sela, Dudi
102 Albot, Radu
103 Dutra Silva, Rogerio
104 Medvedev, Daniil
105  Nishikoka, Yoshihito (IN)
106  Bedene, Aljaz (IN)

Men’s main draw wildcards:

US reciprocal: Michael Mmoh
French reciprocal: Quentin Halys
Asia Pacific Play-off: Denis Istomin
Australian Open wildcard play-off winner: Omar Jasika
Discretionary x5: TBA

Women’s acceptance list:

1 Angelique Kerber
2 Serena Williams
3 Agnieszka Radwanska
4 Simona Halep
5 Dominika Cibulkova
6 Karolina Pliskova
7 Garbine Muguruza
8 Madison Keys - OUT - Wrist
9 Svetlana Kuznetsova
10 Johanna Konta
11 Petra Kvitova - OUT - Hand
12 Carla Suarez Navarro
13 Elina Svitolina
14 Timea Bacsinszky
15 Elena Vesnina
16 Venus Williams
17 Roberta Vinci
18 Caroline Wozniacki
19 Barbora Strycova
20 Samantha Stosur
21 Kiki Bertens
22 Shuai Zhang
23 Caroline Garcia
24 Daria Gavrilova
25 Daria Kasatkina
26 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
27 Timea Babos
28 Irina-Camelia Begu
29 Ekaterina Makarova
30 Laura Siegemund
31 Monica Puig
32 Yulia Putintseva
33 Anastasija Sevastova
34 Sloane Stephens
35 Coco Vandeweghe
36 Yaroslava Shvedova
37 Monica Niculescu
38 Alison Riske
39 Misaki Doi
40 Alize Cornet
41 Kristina Mladenovic
42 Belinda Bencic
43 Jelena Ostapenko
44 Christina Mchale
45    Karin Knapp*
45 Eugenie Bouchard
46 Ana Konjuh
47 Naomi Osaka
48 Sara Errani
49 Johanna Larsson
50 Annika Beck
51 Katerina Siniakova
52 Julia Goerges
53 Jelena Jankovic
54 Andrea Petkovic
55 Viktorija Golubic
56 Lesia Tsurenko
57 Yanina Wickmayer
58 Shelby Rogers
59 Kristyna Pliskova
60 Lauren Davis
61 Lucie Safarova
62 Ana Ivanovic
63 Tsvetana Pironkova
64    Galina Voskoboeva*
64 Kirsten Flipkens
65 Lara Arruabarrena
66 Anna-Lena Friedsam - OUT - Shoulder injury
67 Louisa Chirico
68 Kateryna Bondarenko
69 Pauline Parmentier
70 Danka Kovinic
71 Qiang Wang
72 Madison Brengle
73 Oceane Dodin
74 Catherine Bellis
75 Heather Watson
76 Cagla Buyukakcay
77 Kurumi Nara
78 Vania King
79 Sorana Cirstea
80 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
81 Kristina Kucova
82 Camila Giorgi
83 Shuai Peng
84 Saisai Zheng
85 Evgeniya Rodina
86 Carina Witthoeft
87 Nicole Gibbs
88 Varvara Lepchenko
89 Naomi Broady
90 Denisa Allertova
91 Sabine Lisicki
92 Irina Khromacheva
93 Nao Hibino
94 Magda Linette
95 Risa Ozaki
96 Maria Sakkari
97 Irina Falconi
98 Jana Cepelova
99 Donna Vekic
100  Kateryna Kozlova
101  Francesca Schiavone
102  Ying-Ying Duan
103  Mandy Minella
104  Marina Erakovic
105  Sara Sorribes Tormo
106  Patricia Maria Tig
107  Anna Tatishvili (IN)
108  Su-Wei Hsieh (IN)
109  Ekaterina Alexandrova (IN)

Women’s main draw wildcards

US reciprocal: Kayla Day
French reciprocal: Myrtle Georges
Asia Pacific Play-off: Luksika Kumkhum
Australian Open wildcard play-off winner: Jaimee Fourlis
Discretionary: Lizette Cabrera
Discretionary x4: TBA

* denotes protected ranking

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Australian Open 2017 Entry Lists: Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber lead fields as entry lists announced for Melbourne

An all-star line-up has been confirmed for the 2017 Australian Open, with new World No. 1s Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber leading their respective fields as the men’s and women’s singles entry lists were officially announced on Thursday.

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