The South Korean Soon Woo Kwon won the Australian Open Asia-Pacific Wildcard Play-off men's draw in Zhuhai, China, to book a place in the main draw of the first Grand Slam event in 2018. Kwon, the top seed, defeated fourth seed the Chinese Li Zhe 6-1 6-1. 'I’m really happy that I could win. I went through some tough moments recently, so the win gave me something good to end the season on a good note', Kwon said. 'I want to play Roger Federer in the first round.'
Xinyun Wang took a women's wild card. Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley sent his congratulations saying: 'It’s been an incredible week for both Xinyu Wang and Soon Woo Kwon, and we wish them all the best for January. This is a fantastic event for the best players in the Asia-Pacific and gives them the opportunity to play at Grand Slam level. It’s a vital part of growing the sport of tennis in the region and creating additional international exposure.'