Top-ranked Djokovic, Halep honored by ITF as World ChampionsNovak Djokovic, of Serbia, celebrates after defeating Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament on Sept. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Australian Open officials say the world's top 102 women and top 101 men have confirmed they will compete at the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2019.
World No. 1 Simona Halep heads up the women's field and Novak Djokovic, seeking his record seventh Australian Open title, is the No. 1-ranked male player.
Serena Williams, ranked No. 16, plans to make her return to Melbourne Park for the first time since winning in 2017 while eight weeks' pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia.
Tournament officials said Wednesday that Andy Murray, who is returning after an injury layoff, has entered using a protected ranking.
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