Organizers of last Masters 1000 event of the season in Paris just announced players who received wild cards, both for main draw and qualies. They played on safe card, giving main draw invitations to Paul-Henri Mathieu, Nicolas Mahut and young Lucas Pouille.
Experienced Paul-Henri Mathieu won his last ATP match back in August in Kitzbuhel (only 3 more wins outside that tournament), and has not played any Masters 1000 event for year and a half (Madrid 2014). Strasbourg born will play in Paris for the 9th time and first after 2012, and he scored 5 wins so far (one of them against Djokovic).
His coeval Nicolas Mahut qualified and won s-Hertogenbosch on Grass back in June, but the rest of the season was not that good. His Masters 1000 resume is also not great, with only 14 wins, and he has never advanced to quarter-final stage.
Like Mathieu, this will be 9th appearance in home Masters for Mahut, with only 4 wins so far. Lucas Pouille, born in 1994, is world number 68 and leader of French youngsters. His best results in 2015 came in Auckland and Hamburg, where he reached semi-finals starting from qualifications.
Lucas is also in solid Indoor form, with 2 ATP quarter-finals in Russia after US Open, where he was beaten both times by Bautista Agut. He won 3 Masters 1000 matches, after a great debute in Paris last year, reaching round 16 after qualifications to set a fight against Roger Federer.
He also beat Thiem in Monte Carlo this spring, and fell to Nadal after. ALSO READ: WTA FINALS SCENARIOS - It gets tough for Pennetta, Kerber and Kvitova to fight for the second place .