The Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley commented on the race involving Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic to hold most Grand Slam titles. Tiley said: “It’s going to be a special time … they will say they’re not thinking about that but there is no way you won’t be thinking about that because it’s history."
On Kim Clijsters coming back to the competition, Tiley added: "We are talking to her and her team. She is in training right now and she wants to launch her comeback in Australia. This is one of her favourite places and we call her Aussie Kim, of course.’ Over the coming month we will look at any decisions that are related to that but we’ve still got to have more conversations with her and her team.
But she’s a former champion, she’s great for the event and we want to help where we can.’’ The former doubles player Casey Dellacqua said of Barty: “She loves playing in Australia, so I think she’ll want the crowd behind her, cheering her on, and I think that will be a huge advantage for her if anything."
Tiley spoke about Andy Murray's return to the first calendar Grand Slam of the season that takes place in January 2020. Tiley said: “For sure Andy will be here. I was on the phone to his agent this morning. He is going to be in Australia early.
He is ready to return. Remember he said goodbye a year ago. It’s great in that period he had surgery and has rebounded really well."