Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and defending champion Roger Federer have been seeded first and second for the Australian Open, meaning they can only play each other at Melbourne Park this month if they set up a rematch of last year's final.
The 2008 champion and current world No. 47 kicks off her campaign against a player ranked one place higher, Germany's Tatjana Maria.
Halep, ranked No. 1, is aiming to win her first Grand Slam title.
Elsewhere, all eyes will be on Maria Sharapova as she returns for only her second grand slam tournament since serving a drugs ban.
"I remember it was a attractive place and ever since I fell in love with Australia."In a happy place physically, the 36-year-old Federer is also in a happy place mentally as he travels alongside wife Mirka, their twin daughters Myla and Charlene, as well as twin sons Leo and Lenny".
Konta, who withdrew from the Brisbane International last week due to pain in her right hip, has made the semi-finals and quarter-finals the last two years in Melbourne, which was the scene of her great breakthrough in 2016. Referring to the final set of the thriller, which he won 6-3, he said: "It was an wonderful final, an fantastic moment for me in my life and it's great to be back here", as quoted by the Express.
While he's been back on the practice court for six weeks, Djokovic admits he's yet to reach full confidence in his arm just days from the start of the Australian Open.
Nadal and Djokovic are both expected to play in the Australian Open, which starts on January 15.
"With Roger, I always felt that he was so gifted and able to do so many things so comfortably that as long as he stayed healthy and driven and enjoyed what he was doing, there was no reason he couldn't claw his way back", adds Annacone.
"It was a fantastic test for me to see where I am, to see what we have done as a team and whether it works on the court and it works pretty well", Djokovic said, via Yahoo! I won't put extra pressure on myself, regardless of who's going to play, or not play.
Support for the immensely strong Wawrinka had been growing, but he pulled out of the Tie Break Tens on Wednesday, casting doubt over his participation in Melbourne and it would be asking a lot for him to emulate his Swiss friend, Federer, who shocked the world a year ago after being out for seven months.
"I feel ready! Idemo (let's go)!"
Of course, British fans want know if this will be the year when Johanna Konta [25.0] takes a giant leap and wins her first Slam. The US Open champion said that she needed an extra week's rehab.