The two other reigning Grand Slam
champions are seeded in the top four, with Australia's French Open champion Ashleigh Barty seeded second and Romania's Wimbledon champion Simona Halep seeded four.Former world number one Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic is seeded third in the women's draw.
"Thanks to the patronage and continuous support of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam
tour has gained enormous popularity since its inception in 2015.
Williams passed Martina Navratilova's mark of 18 Slams
in 2015, and levelled Steffi Graf's total of 22 a year later.
The German's run to the quarter-finals last year remains his best Slam
performance while he has yet to get beyond the last eight at any of the European clay events in the run-up to Paris.
Joining the participants will be Guest Slammer Lello Voce who launched Poetry Slam
in Italy and is considered to be one of the most prominent Europeans of this genre.
'The way the tennis world is, there's always the next tournament, the next Slam
, and we all just want to keep training hard and winning more,' she said.
In all Grand Slam
meetings, Nadal has a clear advantage with a 9-5 win-loss record.
Federer's Grand Slam
record was previously seen as unbreakable, however, it is definitely at risk given his recent performances. When fit, Nadal is always a threat and is just three behind Federer after his win at the French Open earlier this year.
But in the last eight weeks the 31-year-old has resembled the Grand Slam
machine that held all four major titles at the same time in 2016, wining three of his last four events including Wimbledon and U.S.
It will take another year of games before San Miguel could get another crack at the slippery triple crown but for Chris Ross, their season didn't end when their Grand Slam
TO SLAUGHTER Ireland lifted the Six Nations after completing the Grand Slam
He won the Grand Prix in Havana in 2016, Grand Prix in Baku (2012), Grand Slam
Baku in 2013 and Grand Prix Tbilisi and Samsun, both in 2015.