Wildcards for Astra Sharma and Chris O’Connell enhance the variety of Australians within the Roland Garros 2021 singles most important attracts to 9.
Astra Sharma and Chris O’Connell have been awarded most important draw wildcards into Roland Garros, which commences in Paris on Sunday 30 Could.
Sharma, a 25-year-old from Western Australia, is at present the third highest-ranked Aussie lady.
The world No.116, who defeated world No.27 Ons Jabeur to win her first WTA singles title in Charleston final month, is delighted to obtain direct entry into the celebrated Grand Slam on clay.
“I used to be extraordinarily shocked and really grateful to get the wildcard … I used to be very excited when Alicia (Molik) advised me,” Sharma stated.
“I’ve been taking part in fairly nicely and am wanting ahead to making an attempt to do my greatest with this chance. I’m taking part in rather well on clay, actually good motion and physicality, and simply hoping to arrange in the precise method and maintain that up.
“By way of competing, I’ve at all times beloved taking part in on the French, Paris is an efficient metropolis for me by way of circumstances and floor, so not making an attempt to set too many expectations stepping into, simply trying to do essentially the most with what I’ve received.”
This will probably be Sharma’s third consecutive most important draw look at Roland Garros. Final 12 months she reached the second spherical, scoring a career-best Grand Slam win towards world No.58 Anna Blinkova within the opening spherical.
World No.128 Chris O’Connell, Australia’s No.7-ranked participant, will make his Roland Garros most important draw debut.
The 26-year-old Sydneysider, who has retained his place contained in the world’s prime 150 since October 2019, will play his fifth Grand Slam most important draw.
“Lleyton (Hewitt) gave me a name on Tuesday, which clearly was very thrilling for me,” O’Connell stated.
“Having the ability to compete in my first Roland Garros most important draw is a dream of mine.
“For the previous two months since Miami I’ve been in Break up, Croatia working with Marinko Matosevic who’s now teaching me and in addition rehabbing an ankle damage. I didn’t need to begin taking part in once more till I knew I used to be 100 per cent, which I now am and have simply arrived in Belgrade to play qualifying on the ATP 250 earlier than heading to Paris.”
“We’re extraordinarily happy to have the ability to present Astra and Chris with the chance to compete at Roland Garros,” Tennis Australia Director of Efficiency Wally Masur stated.
“Each gamers have confirmed they’ll compete with the world’s greatest and I’m positive they’ll maximise this chance.”
9 Australians will contest the primary attract Paris, led by world No.1 and 2019 champion Ash Barty. An additional 12 will compete in qualifying, together with 19-year-old Olivia Gadecki who has obtained a wildcard.
Gadecki has continued to thrive after her breakout Australian summer season, which included a shocking upset of world No.4 Sofia Kenin through the Melbourne Summer time Sequence. The Queenslander has since constructed an 18-5 win-loss file taking part in ITF occasions in Egypt and Turkey, the place she claimed her maiden professional singles title earlier this month.
|Roland Garros 2021 – Australian opponents|
|Males’s singles||Girls’s singles|
|SINGLES MAIN DRAW|
|Alex de Minaur (NSW, world No.22)||Ash Barty (Qld, world No.1)|
|John Millman (Qld, world No.43)||Ajla Tomljanovic (Qld, world No.76)|
|Alexei Popyrin (NSW, world No.62)||[WC] Astra Sharma (WA, world No.116)|
|Jordan Thompson (NSW, world No.63)|
|James Duckworth (NSW, world No.98)|
|[WC] Chris O’Connell (NSW, world No.128)|
|SINGLES QUALIFYING DRAW|
|Marc Polmans (Vic, world No.148)||Maddison Inglis (WA, world No.134)|
|Alex Bolt (SA, world No.194)||Lizette Cabrera (Qld, world No.149)|
|Thanasi Kokkinakis (SA, world No.198)||Storm Sanders (WA, world No.161)|
|Bernard Tomic (Qld, world No.208)||Priscilla Hon (Qld, world No.162)|
|Aleksandar Vukic (NSW, world No.213)||Arina Rodionova (Vic, world No.167)|
|Matt Ebden (WA, world No.229)||[WC] Olivia Gadecki (Qld, world No.519)|
Australia’s Dylan Alcott headlines the quad wheelchair area and is aiming to win a 3rd consecutive Roland Garros singles title.
The Roland Garros qualifying occasion begins on Monday 24 Could, earlier than most important draw motion begins on 30 Could.