Not 'personally' ready to return to tournament tennis yet — Serena Williams

Not 'personally' ready to return to tournament tennis yet — Serena Williams

"After competing in Abu Dhabi I realised that although I am super close, I'm not where I personally want to be", Williams said.

He is scheduled to appear at a Tie Break Tens event at Melbourne Park on January 10 in a male-only field which includes Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios.

The 36-year-old American featured in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi and lost to Jelena Ostapenko, and she was non-committal on her Australian Open plans following the outing, while she turned down the offer for a wildcard to the Sydney International.

According to a statement on Djokovic's website, a decision will be made about his participation in the first major of the year after the two warm-up events.

"My coach and team always said 'only go to tournaments when you are prepared to go all the way'".

The Serb, who won the last of his 12 Grand Slam titles at the 2016 French Open, has won the Australian Open six times.

"The memory of last year's Open is one that I will carry with me, and Olympia and I look forward to coming back again", she said.

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The Japanese 29-year-old, who has not played since August, said that he was not yet ready to compete over five sets.

"He wrote in the caption: "#australianopen on my way".

World number 22 Kei Nishikori, a three-time quarter-finalist in Melbourne, will definitely miss the Australian Open however with a wrist injury.

Tournament director Craig Tiley called Williams' efforts to try and be ready for a title defence at the Australian Open "Herculean" and said she transcended the sport.

"It was never going to be good enough for her to just compete, she wants to give herself the best chance to win".

Djokovic has not played since retiring against Czech Tomas Berdych in the Wimbledon quarter-finals in July.