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The men’s draw will be without two of the game’s leading names with Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori both pulling out last week.

Organisers had feared that they might be joined by Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka with all three yet to play a competitive match in 2018.

However, none of them has withdrawn at this stage although Wawrinka remains the most likely after pulling out of an exhibition earlier today with a shoulder problem.

Meanwhile the major absence from the women’s draw is Serena Williams, who deemed four months not long enough to return to the top of her game after becoming a mother for the first time.

When is the Australian Open 2018 draw?

Normally, the draw would take place on the Friday before the tournament.

However, tournament organisers have brought it forward by 24 hours and will hold it on Thursday night in Melbourne.

Because of the time difference, proceedings will get underway at 8am UK time with Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova just two of the stars expected to be present.

Australian Open 2018 seeds – men’s singles (probable)

1. Rafael Nadal, 2. Roger Federer, 3. Grigor Dimitrov, 4. Alexander Zverev, 5. Dominic Thiem, 6. Marin Cilic, 7. David Goffin, 8. Jack Sock, 9. Stan Wawrinka, 10. Pablo Carreno Busta, 11. Kevin Anderson, 12. Juan Martin del Potro, 13. Sam Querrey, 14. Novak Djokovic, 15. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 16. John Isner, 17. Nick Kyrgios, 18. Lucas Pouille, 19. Tomas Berdych, 20. Roberto Bautista Agut, 21. Albert Ramos Vinolas, 22. Milos Raonic, 23. Gilles Müller, 24. Diego Schwartzman, 25. Fabio Fognini, 26. Adrian Mannarino, 27. Philipp Kohlschreiber, 28. Damir Dzumhur, 29. Richard Gasquet, 30. Andrey Rublev, 31. Pablo Cuevas, 32. Mischa Zverev.

Australian Open 2018 seeds – women’s singles (probable)

1. Simona Halep, 2. Caroline Wozniacki, 3. Garbine Muguruza, 4. Elina Svitolina, 5. Venus Williams, 6. Karolíina Pliskova, 7. Jeļena Ostapenko, 8. Caroline Garcia, 9. Johanna Konta, 10. CoCo Vandeweghe, 11. Kristina Mladenovic, 12. Julia Georges, 13. Sloane Stephens, 14. Anastasija Sevastova, 15. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 16. Elena Vesnina, 17. Madison Keys, 18. Ashleigh Barty, 19. Magdalena Rybarikova, 20. Barbora Strycova, 21. Angelique Kerber, 22. Daria Kasatkina, 23. Daria Gavrilova, 24. Dominika Cibulkova, 25. Peng Shuai, 26. Agnieszka Radwanska, 27. Petra Kvitova, 28. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 29. Lucie Safarova, 30. Kiki Bertens, 31. Ekaterina Makarova, 32. Anett Kontaveit.

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