Pauline Parmentier, Hugo Gaston and Diane Parry earn Australian Open WC's


by   |  VIEW 1680
Pauline Parmentier, Hugo Gaston and Diane Parry earn Australian Open WC's

The first Major tournament of 2020 season will take place in Melbourne between January 20 - February 2, with 256 players fighting for men's and women's singles titles. As usual, the French Tennis Federation had the opportunity to share two main draw invitations and one for the qualifying draw.

The 33-year-old Pauline Parmentier will enter the main action in Melbourne for the 11th time, scoring only three victories so far. World no. 122 didn't enjoy a good run in 2019, kicking off the year from inside the top-60 but not being able to stay there for too long, reaching two small quarter-finals and bowing out from the top-100 in September.

The experienced player had the opportunity to defend the national colors in the Fed Cup final, losing to Ajla Tomljanovic in the third rubber but still celebrating the title after the deciding doubles win that Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia scored over Ashleigh Barty and Samantha Stosur.

The 19-year-old Hugo Gaston should be one of the youngest players in the men's main draw in Melbourne, making a Grand Slam debut after competing in only one ATP tournament so far in Marseille last year, losing to Stefano Travaglia in straight sets.

The Toulouse native is a former junior no. 2, claiming the Youth Olympic Games crown, together with the Australian Open doubles title and the Orange Bown singles trophy. Hugo has won six Challenger matches so far, all in 2019, backed by four Futures titles in Italy, the USA and France to find himself in the top-300 ahead of this massive opportunity to share the venue with the best players in the world and gather the experience.

Junior world no. 1 Diane Parry will have a chance to play in the qualifying draw after already making a debut at Roland Garros and the US Open, standing as the most promising French youngster at the moment.