Within just a week, probably on Monday November 20, we will know the full entry lists of the ATP/WTA tournaments that will take place in the first week of the 2018 season. Brisbane will have the strongest field of all the Australian tournaments before the first Grand Slam of the season.
Not only Andy Murray (who signed a three-year contract to start the new season in Australia), Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, Nick Kyrgios will play in Queensland, but also the World No. 22 and defending finalist Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic.
A month ago Nishikori's long-time coach Dante Bottini said the Japanese was very unlikely to play in Australia as he wouldn't have enough time to fully recover from the wrist injury he has been suffering since August, but the process is going well and Nishikori is committed to start the season in Brisbane as reported by Courier Mail.
Raonic played his last event of the year in Tokyo, which was also his first one since early August in Montreal. He suffered wrist and then calf injuries, and is committed to play Abu Dhabi exhibition before Brisbane. He reached the final in 2015 and won the title in 2016 there.