Kiki Bertens and Roger Federer sign up for Australian Open

The top ten in the world among men and women in professional tennis has registered for the Australian Open. Thats what the organization reported.

Roger Federer is also present, the twentieth grandslam winner who recovers from knee surgery. The American Serena Williams, who continues to hunt for the record of 24 grand slams, is also on the list of participants, as well as Kiki Bertens.

The Dutch number nine of the world announced earlier this week that she is so well recovering from the operation on her Achilles tendon, that she might still be able to participate in the Australian Open. โ€œIm a few weeks ahead of schedule,โ€ she said at FOX Sports.

The Australian Open has been postponed by three weeks by the coronapandemic and now starts on 8 February. Participants must be quarantined for fourteen days upon arrival in Australia, allowing them to train five hours a day and be tested continuously for the virus.

โ€œ We look forward to welcoming the worlds best players to Melbourne for what promises to be a spectacular Australian Open,โ€ said Tournament Director Craig Tiley. โ€œThe tournament looks a little different from previous years, but the safety of everyone comes first. We can organize very safe matches and give the players the experience of competing in front of an audience, something they missed most of this year.โ€

Novak Djokovic, now eight-time winner in Melbourne, and Sofia Kenin defend their titles in the Australian Open. Djokovic is also the number one in the world ranking, Kenin ranks fourth among women. Australian Ashleigh Barty will be the first leader of the world ranking.