The returns of Federer, Sharapova in 2017

Published 4:26 AM ET, Mon December 19, 2016
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Roger Federer makes his return to the tennis tour in 2017 after being sidelined since July. He ended his season early to rehab a knee injury. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
He -- and his numerous fans -- hope the 17-time grand slam winner has one more grand slam title left in him. Justin Setterfield/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Another huge name in the sport, Maria Sharapova, makes her comeback at the end of April. WILLIAM WEST/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Sharapova wasn't injured. Rather, the Russian five-time grand slam winner is serving a drug suspension. Mark Kolbe/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
Yet another player to make a comeback is Nick Kyrgios. The reason he was out? The Australian was banned for eight weeks by the ATP tour in October for, essentially, a lack of effort. Pat Scala/Getty Images AsiaPac/Getty Images
In grand slams, he'll make his return in time for the Australian Open, Kyrgios' home major in Melbourne. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Will Serena Williams surpass Steffi Graf and become the first player in the Open Era to win 23 majors? PAUL CROCK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Williams -- yes -- is also coming back. The 35-year-old hasn't played since September because of a shoulder injury. Al Bello/Getty Images North America/Getty Images
Will Novak Djokovic rediscover his mojo? Djokovic was tennis' top player in the first half of 2016 but tailed off considerably. GLYN KIRK/AFP/AFP/Getty Images
Djokovic and coach Boris Becker parted company in early December, with the Serb not yet naming a replacement. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images Europe