With the official entry list for the Australian Open next month being announced, the excitement and anticipation surrounding the first Grand Slam of 2014 is growing by the day.
The Melbourne tournament will be seen by many of the top players as a big chance to put down a marker for the remaining Grand Slams of the year at the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.
Of course all the big names will (fitness permitting) be at the Aussie Open, with 99 of the current top 100 in the men's rankings set to feature at the tournament, as Serbia's Viktor Troicki will miss out due to a ban for missing a drugs test.
Many will be hoping British number one Andy Murray is fit enough to feature in the competition following his recent back problems, as he hopes to cause an upset against the two favourites Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. Murray is now 11/2 with Paddy to win the Australian Open.
The top two ranked players in the world dominated coming towards the end of this year, with Djokovic coming out on top in their last encounter in a major competition at the ATP World Tour finals in London.
Likewise in the women's tournament the best of the best are expected to feature in Melbourne, with only two of the world's top 100 players not set to play.
It will take something special to stop world number one Serena Williams from taking the first Grand Slam of 2014, as all eyes will be on the 32-year-old. She is currently the favourite in the tennis betting odds to win the crown.
Reigning champion Victoria Azarenka will have a battle on her hands to stop the American from taking her title at the start of next year after Williams claimed the French and US Open titles this season.