Tennis tournament director makes startling admission about Serena Williams

Serena Williams to make tennis return in Australia

The first hints that Serena Williams' tennis return is near

Davis Cup captain Leighton Hewitt (left) poses for a photo with Melbourne United basketballers Chris Goulding and Casper Ware (second and third left) and tennis players Thanasi Kokkinakis, Nick Kyrgios and Dylan Alcott during an Australian Open announcement at Melbourne Park.

Serena, who recently got married and give birth to a baby girl, hasn't played since winning her 23rd Grand Slam at the event a year ago.

"She's got her visa, she's entered, she's practising and she's probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage".

Despite giving birth to her first child just a few months ago, the American has been eager to get back onto the court, and has been doing as much practising as possible, so that she's ready to make her return at the beginning of 2018. Margaret Court has the all-time record with 24.

"We'd be pretty excited about the possibility (of her coming)", he added.

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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.

The tennis star took a break afterwards as she came to know during the tournament that she was pregnant, and gave birth to a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on September 1, 2017.

'Serena is getting ready for 2018. I will be joining her soon in Florida.

Williams recently announced on social media that she has started training again.

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

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