Australian Open fields announced
Ninety-nine of the world's top 100 men's players will contest next month's Australian Open.
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Organisers unveiled the official entry list on Wednesday and the only member of the men's top 100 missing was Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who is currently serving a ban for missing a drugs test. The field is led by world number one Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic.
The women's field, eaded by top-ranked Serena Williams and reigning champ Victoria Azarenka, will feature 98 of the current top 100. It will be without Maria Kirilenko, who is nursing an ankle injury. Marion Bartoli, who retired back in the summer, is also currently in the top 100 but will be removed from the ranking list on January 1.
Former Wimbledon finalist Vera Zvonareva gets into the draw on a protected ranking having been sidelined by a shoulder injury for more than a year.
World nuumber 103 Go Soeda was the last direct accpetance into the men's draw, while 107th-ranked Petra Martic just made the cut for the women's field.
The cut-off points mean the only Britons currently in the main draw are Andy Murray and Laura Robson.
Tournament director Craig Tiley said: "Once again we have an incredibly strong field coming to Melbourne to contest the Australian Open in 2014, proof that this is one of the players' favourite events and how much the title means to them."
Eight wild-card entrants will be added to both singles draws, while there will be 16 men's qualifiers plus 12 women.
Qualifying starts in Melbourne on January 8 with the main draw getting under way on January 13.