Top 100 men, 98 women at 2011 Australian Open

Published Dec. 11, 2010 4:27 a.m. EST

The top 100 men in the world rankings and top 98 women are scheduled to play in next month's Australian Open, giving the first Grand Slam of the year one of its best-ever fields.

Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will attempt to win his fourth straight major, while No. 2 Roger Federer is chasing his fifth Australian Open title.

Women's No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki is seeking her first Grand Slam title, while two-time champion Serena Williams is a notable omission due to a foot injury.

The 104 direct acceptances into the men's draw include 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina and Dmitry Tursunov of Russia, both with injury-protected rankings.


The Australian Open is scheduled for Jan. 17-30 at Melbourne Park.

The women's draw includes 107 direct acceptances, minus Elena Dementieva of Russia, who retired at the end of the season, and No. 37 Agnes Szavay of Hungary, who is injured.

''To have the top 104 players in the world in the men's main draw is incredible and shows the high esteem with which the Australian Open is held in world tennis,'' tournament director Craig Tiley said Saturday in a statement. ''The women's field also has every available top player in the world.''

The men's field will be completed by 16 qualifiers and eight wild cards, while the women's field will have 12 qualifiers and eight wild cards.


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