(CNN) Serena Williams has entered to play in the first grand slam of the season at January’s Australian Open up, according to the tournament’s organizers.
Defending champion Williams, 36, gave birth to her child Alexa in September and married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian in a star-studded New Orleans marriage ceremony in November.
The other day Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, told CNN Sport a decision would be made during an upcoming work out in Florida on set up 23-time grand slam champion would produce her comeback and compete in Melbourne, where play starts on January 15.
Williams won her 23rd grand slam in January at the Australian Open
However, at a Tennis Australia celebration on the subject of Wednesday, the Australian Open’s tournament director, Craig Tiley, was optimistic of Williams defending her Melbourne subject and continuing in her quest to break Margaret Court’s all-time singles record of 24 grand slams.
“She has got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practicing, and she probably just demands a bit more space for a greater entourage,” Tiley told reporters.
“There is no issue she will prepare yourself in our view.
“She wants to break the record owned by Margaret Court and it will be a significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that.”
Currently ranked No.22 on the globe, Williams told CNN in July she was intending to return to tennis — echoing what of her spokespeople — and if the American will show up in Melbourne, it would come about four-and-a-half months after she gave birth.
The American won this year’s Australian Open up in the early stages of pregnancy and then stepped away from the game.