London: The Grand Slam Board had indicated last year that there will be only 16 seeds in men's and women's singles in the four major tennis events from 2019. However, it announced on Thursday to have reversed its decision. 

This means there will continue to be 32 seeds in Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open.   

"Following a full year of Grand Slam match analysis and feedback from all other constituencies, especially players and broadcast partners, the Grand Slam tournaments have decided there is no compelling reason to revert to 16 seeds," the GSB said in a statement.

"Accordingly, all 2019 Grand Slam tournaments have agreed to continue with 32 seeds in singles." 

The Grand Slam events doubled the number of seeds to 32 in 2001, but the possibility of a decrease was raised as a way to make favourites' paths to the latter stages of tournaments more difficult.