Australian Open 2017: Only three of top six men’s seeds qualify for tournament

For the first time since 2013, Venus Williams is guaranteed to play in all four Grand Slam tournaments this year Only three of the world’s top six men’s players made the Australian Open list…

Australian Open 2017: Only three of top six men's seeds qualify for tournament

For the first time since 2013, Venus Williams is guaranteed to play in all four Grand Slam tournaments this year

Only three of the world’s top six men’s players made the Australian Open list which was released on Sunday, with both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal failing to qualify.

Tenth seed Kevin Anderson becomes the highest-placed South African after qualifying, ahead of eighth seed John Isner, who was unseeded.

Two-time defending champion Djokovic has withdrawn from next month’s season-opening event in Melbourne.

Three-time winner Serena Williams is not included.

Agnieszka Radwanska is the only women’s player guaranteed to play all four majors this year.

World number one Angelique Kerber, four-time winner Maria Sharapova and five-time champion Victoria Azarenka are not currently scheduled to play the year’s first Grand Slam event.

The men’s seeds:

1. Alexander Zverev (GER)

2. Dominic Thiem (AUT)

3. David Goffin (BEL)

4. Kei Nishikori (JPN)

5. Milos Raonic (CAN)

6. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL)

7. Jack Sock (USA)

8. Kevin Anderson (RSA)

9. Marin Cilic (CRO)

10. Jiri Vesely (CZE)

11. John Isner (USA)

12. Alexander Zverev (GER)

13. Tomas Berdych (CZE)

14. Nicolas Almagro (ESP)

15. Fernando Verdasco (ESP)

16. Daniil Medvedev (RUS)

17. Fabio Fognini (ITA)

18. Aljaz Bedene (SLO)

19. Viktor Troicki (SRB)

20. Tommy Haas (GER)

Women’s seeds:

1. Angelique Kerber (GER)

2. Simona Halep (ROM)

3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP)

4. Karolina Pliskova (CZE)

5. Petra Kvitova (CZE)

6. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN)

7. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT)

8. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

9. Venus Williams (USA)

10. Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

11. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA)

12. Angelique Kerber (GER)

13. Madison Keys (USA)

14. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

15. Elise Mertens (BEL)

16. Madison Keys (USA)

17. Irina-Camelia Begu (ROU)

18. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT)

19. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS)

20. Lauren Davis (USA)

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