January’s Brisbane International Tennis Tournament has earned bragging rights after announcing that world number one Angelique Kerber (so hard not to type Serena Williams there) and number three Garbine Muguruza will be participating.
Tournament director Geoff Quinlan made the news known yesterday, saying that Kerber had told him that she wants to follow the same routine that last year resulted in her first Grand Slam victory in the Australian Open.
Kerber took the tournament by beating Williams in the final at Melbourne Park and she has played her opening event of the year at the Queensland Tennis Centre, so the announcement that The Brisbane International is her first up in 2017 was expected, although the organisers now have the assurance of certainty. Kerber was the runner-up last year.
Serena Williams has not played since the U.S. Open due to a shoulder injury and will probably play only one more time in 2016, at the WTA Championships in Singapore. Her intentions regarding Brisbane are uncertain at this time, but given that she recently pulled out of tournaments in China, she seems questionable.
On the men’s side, Spaniard Rafael Nadal will be one of the headliners, making this the first time he has played the Brisbane International.