Jason Kubler felt shocked when handed Australian Open wildcard

Tennis: World No. 242 Kubler was a happy man after Lleyton Hewitt called him to reveal him the news.

by Dzevad Mesic
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Jason Kubler felt shocked when handed Australian Open wildcard

Australian tennis player Jason Kubler felt shocked when he was called by Australian tennis legend Lleyton Hewitt to get informed that he's one of the last Australian Open wildcard recipients. The 24-year-old started the 2017 season without a ranking before he improved to No.

242 in the world. The Australian had serious knee problems -- but decided to give a shot to tennis once again -- and has since become one of the best stories on the Tour in recent months. Kubler won the Traralgon Challenger title this past October after he went on to win three qualifying and five main draw matches at the tournament.

The 24-year-old started his 2018 campaign on a strong tale as well as he went all the way at last week's Playford Challenger -- won a Challenger title again as a qualifier. Australian Davis Cup Team Captain Hewitt just couldn't overlook Kubler and left him without an Australian Open participation.

Kubler hasn't featured the Australian Open main draw since his 2010 debut appearance -- when he lost in round one to Ivan Ljubicic. "Very excited with the wildcard, it was a bit of a shock to get it to be honest," Kubler said after his Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic loss suffered to Yoshihito Nishioka.

"I didn't think I was going to get it so when Lleyton rang I was pretty pumped about that. "It was unbelievable (getting that call), I thought I was going to get into the quallies and I would have been happy with that and then he's rang me and said, ‘do you think you're ready for five sets?' "I'm like, 'of course I am, of course I am'. "I didn't expect it either, even four months ago I had made finals of a couple of tournaments but even the thought of quallies at the Aussie Open was out the window. "Fast-forward four months and I'm here (Kooyong), even playing here today in front of a good crowd was great." Also read: Kooyong: Richard Gasquet beats Matt Ebden to remain perfect at event

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