A resurgent Daria Saville has earned a French Open wildcard whereas Chris O’Connell’s clay courtroom type has additionally seen him handed a most important draw look.
Former world No.20 Saville has risen nearly 500 rating spots this yr, from 627 to 132, in a blazing return from plantar fasciitis and Achilles surgical procedure.
The 28-year-old reached her first WTA 1000-level quarter-final in Miami, the final 16 at Indian Wells and holds a formidable 14-8 win-loss file in 2022.
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“It’s (Roland Garros) one of my favourite tournaments; I did really well when I was a junior here (making the 2009 girls’ singles final), so I have a lot of memories,” a grateful Saville stated.
“I trained at Mouratoglou Academy a few years ago, so I feel like France is pretty close to my heart. It was my home for a few years, so I’m really excited to be playing here.
“I like being in Europe, I like the clay. I actually get pleasure from being again on the tour, I’ve missed it a lot.”
O’Connell is now ranked 125 in the world after winning an ATP Challenger on clay in Split, Croatia in April and reaching the third round of the Australian Open, where he scored a straight-sets win over world No.13 Diego Schwartzman in the second round.
The pair are among 10 Australians set to play first-round matches in Paris from Sunday week, while a further 12 will attempt to qualify from Monday.
With Ash Barty’s shock retirement, Ajla Tomljanovic (41) is Australia’s top-ranked player, while Astra Sharma (147) is the only other female confirmed in the main draw.
Nick Kyrgios had rare success on clay in Houston earlier this year but will miss a fifth-straight French Open and instead relaunch for the grass swing ahead of Wimbledon.
World No.22 Alex de Minaur will lead the Australian cost whereas Thanasi Kokkinakis (88) has additionally improved his rating to earn direct entry.