Former world No. 4 Sam Stosur has received a wild card for what will likely be her last Australian Open appearance. Stosur, 37, was one of the four Australian Open wild card winners announced on Wednesday. Daria Saville (Gavrilova), Storm Sanders and Maddison inglis also received an Australian Open wild card.
Stosur twice made the Australian Open round-of-16 in singles but she won the 2019 Australian Open women's doubles title with Zhang Shuai. Stosur also enjoyed success in mixed doubles at Melbourne Park as she and Scott Draper won the 2005 Australian Open mixed doubles title.
Stosur made the Australian Open mixed doubles final this year as well but she and fellow compatriot Matt Ebden lost.
Stosur hinted this would be her last Australian Open
“Chances are it probably will be the last time,” Stosur said earlier this month.
“I’ve just done my first day back training today. I’m seeing how things go. “I had a little run around in preparation and lead-up to a big summer hopefully. The Australian Open announced that only fully vaccinated players will be allowed to compete at Melbourne Park.
The Australian Open has received some criticism over their decision to make vaccination mandatory in order to compete but Stosur understands their position. “I can absolutely see where other people are coming from, but if we want to get on with it and have (any sort of normal life), unfortunately, it’s just the position we’re in,” Stosur told News Corp.
“If the mandate’s coming in around the country, why should a sporting event be any different? “We’ve got to do what we’ve got to do to try and move on from this, and if we can do it well and in a safe way to still be able to enjoy the social aspects of sporting events (it is worth it)."