Serena, Bouchard confirmed for Aus Open

Serena Williams, Eugenie Bouchard and Juan Martin del Potro are among the first players to confirmed their participation in next year's Australian Open, tournament organisers revealed.

According to tournament director Craig Tiley, household names like Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal draw far more fans to Melbourne Park than local players like Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios.

"It's hard to beat Roger Federer, Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal from a marketing point of view," he said.

"Those young Australian players certainly add a bit of spice to the event.

"We know we've had our rocky moments, but we've been very consistent with our approach and both Bernard and Nick know what our expectations are.

"We wish them the best of luck – they're coming into what's going to be a critical year for them in 2016 and they've both proven on different stages they're among the best players in the world."

Former world number one doubles player Todd Woodbridge, who joined Tiley at a promotional event at Margaret Court Arena on Monday, said Kyrgios was the man to watch from a local perspective, even though Tomic is ranked higher currently.

"Nick Kyrgios' ability to play big points at the right time is better than any young player in his peer group in the world," Woodbridge said.

"Bernard Tomic's consistency though has come through in 2015, and into the new year I think it's that next step for him to go through to a semi, perhaps in a major."

Tiley added that the long-term weather forecast in Melbourne was good and that no extreme heat was expected during the event.

Williams is a six-time winner at the Australian Open and is the defending champion, while Bouchard is a fan favourite wherever she plays.

Del Potro is a former world number for and US Open champion, but has struggled with injury since winning at Flushing Meadows in 2009.

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