Anderson seeded 11th at Australian Open

Kevin Anderson (AP)
Kevin Anderson (AP)

Cape Town - South Africa’s Kevin Anderson is seeded 11th for next week's Australian Open in Melbourne, organisers announced on Thursday.

Six-time champion Novak Djokovic will lurk as 14th seed, with 2017 finalist Rafael Nadal the top seed.

Nadal heads defending champion Roger Federer at the top of the men's seedings, with Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki seeded one and two in the women's competition.

The seedings have gone largely according to the ATP world rankings, although Andy Murray and Kei Nishikori are out injured and women's champion Serena Williams opted not to play after giving birth in September.

Anderson, who reached the final of the US Open last year, is the same seeding as his world ranking.

Djokovic made a winning return on Wednesday after six months out with an elbow injury, declaring he felt "great" after beating world number five Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 at the Kooyong Classic.

It was the 12-time Grand Slam winner's first competitive outing since losing a Wimbledon quarter-final to Tomas Berdych last July.

The Serbian former world number one had pulled out of a warm-up tournament in Abu Dhabi, raising concerns over his fitness ahead of the year's opening Grand Slam.

Federer, seeded second, and will bid for his 20th Grand Slam title in the bottom half of the draw.

Former winner Stan Wawrinka, who hasn't played since Wimbledon but said he has recovered sufficiently from a knee injury, is seeded at nine.

In a women's field notably missing 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, there appear to be many chances of a new Australian Open champion this year.

Seven-time champion Williams announced last week she wouldn't defend her title, saying she was "super close" but not quite ready to compete so soon after becoming a mother.

Spain's Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza is seeded three, while Serena's sister Venus has the fifth seeding.

Singles seedings announced on Thursday for the Australian Open at Melbourne Park:

Men

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

Women

1. Simona Halep (ROM), 2. Caroline Wozniacki (DEN), 3. Garbine Muguruza (ESP), 4. Elina Svitolina (UKR), 5. Venus Williams (USA), 6. Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 7. Jelena Ostapenko (LAT), 8. Caroline Garcia (FRA), 9. Johanna Konta (GBR), 10. CoCo Vandeweghe (USA), 11. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA), 12. Julia Goerges (GER), 13. Sloane Stephens (USA), 14. Anastasija Sevastova (LAT), 15. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS), 16. Elena Vesnina (RUS), 17. Madison Keys (USA), 18. Ashleigh Barty (AUS), 19. Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK), 20. Barbora Strycova (CZE), 21. Angelique Kerber (GER), 22. Daria Kasatkina (RUS), 23. Daria Gavrilova (AUS), 24. Dominika Cibulkova (SVK), 25. Peng Shuai (CHN), 26. Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 27. Petra Kvitova (CZE), 28. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO), 29. Lucie Safarova (CZE), 30. Kiki Bertens (NED), 31. Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), 32. Anett Kontaveit (EST)

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