Tennis - Tennis Australia has announced the recipients of the French Open reciprocal wild cards. The Australian and French Tennis Federations have a reciprocal agreements to award one wild card in the men's singles and women's singles draws for the other country's players in their slam event.
John Millman has received the wild card in the men's singles draw while 17 year old Ashleigh Barty gets the wildcard in the women's draw. Meanwhile, teenager Nick Kyrgios has been handed a wildcard into the qualifying draw.
Millman is currently ranked no. 141 in the world and has won 2 challenger titles this season. Tennis Australia’s head of professional tennis Todd Woodbridge commented, "John’s had his best ever year on the circuit so far and has achieved a career-high ranking.
He fully deserves an opportunity on one of the game’s biggest stages." On Barty, Woodbridge commented, “On the back of her crucial match win in Fed Cup, Ash looks primed for Grand Slam success in the near future.
I think that Fed Cup win on clay against (then world No.56) Voegele gave her great confidence and belief that she can perform with the world’s best. The experiences that she’s had in the past 12 months, such as taking out former French Open champ Francesca Schiavone at the Hopman Cup, have highlighted her talent.” .