Well, almost all of them- Serena Williams had suggested she was going to end her own absence from the tournament since an incident over ten years ago, but decided against that and will not be back in action until Miami which begins a few days after this tournament ends.
The absence of Williams also opens up the WTA draw, while it may be a surprise to some to see Na Li heading the draw and the likes of Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova outside of the top two seeds.
Last week was a very good one for the picks which produced a strong profit and put the season record in a very strong position at the start of the season. The idea is to build on that start from the first two months, but not to get too excited as there will be as many negative weeks as there will be positive and the only thing to do is to try and minimise the former and maximise the latter. It has worked in the past few seasons so hopefully that will be maintained this season too.
The men's draw was to take place on Tuesday afternoon with the First Round action beginning on Thursday, although the women's draw will get underway on Wednesday and the television cameras will pick up the action from Saturday.
Novak Djokovic @ 3.00 Ladbrokes (3 Units)
Marin Cilic @ 81.00 Boyle Sports (0.5 Units E/W)
Weekly Picks: 14-6, + 17.52 Units (39 Units Staked, + 44.92% Yield)
Season 2014: + 27.44 Units (364 Units Staked, + 7.54% Yield)
Season 2013: + 21.74 Units (1251.5 Units Staked, + 1.73% Yield)
Season 2012: + 49.21 Units (855 Units Staked, + 5.76% Yield)
Season 2011: + 82.02 Units