It will be Andy Murray (15/8 – 2017 Australian Open outright) and Johanna Konta who lead the charge for British success down under after being named as two of the six stars from these shores to earn direct entry to the Australian Open.

Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady make up the rest of the British contingent that will make the trip to Melbourne, for the tournament that gets underway on January 16.

It has been a case of so close yet so far for Murray at the Aussie Open, having finished as a runner-up in the competition on five previous occasions.

However the Scot will have been buoyed by his efforts in 2016 which have seen him climb to the very top of the world rankings after success at Wimbledon, the Paris Masters and WTA World Tour Finals to name just a few of his achievements this year.

Murray will be hoping he can get the better of Novak Djokovic (11/8 – 2017 Australian Open outright), who has enjoyed six titles in Melbourne, should the pair meet once again in Victoria.

Meanwhile Konta enjoyed a strong Aussie Open at the start of the year and managed to reach her first ever Grand Slam semi-final.

The 25-year-old moved up to number 10 in the WTA rankings after her efforts this year and will be hoping that pushes her on to great things in Melbourne next month.

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