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Australian Open wildcards for French stalwarts Jeremy Chardy and Aravane Rezai

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French players Jeremy Chardy and Aravane Rezai are the latest recipients of wildcards into the Australian Open in January. Chardy, the world number 103, and Rezai, ranked 115th, will play in Melbourne thanks to a reciprocal agreement between the French Tennis Federation and Tennis Australia. he French Tennis Federation selected Chardy and Rezai and as part of the agreement, two Australian players will be invited to compete at Roland Garros in May. In 2011Bernard Tomic and Casey Dellacquawere awarded French Open wildcards under this scheme.

Former world No.15 Rezai made the third round in Melbourne in 2008 and Chardy, who reached a career high ranking of 31 in 2009, will both be hoping to improve on their Australian Open records. In 2009 Chardy reached the second round before losing to Novak Djokovic and in 2011 he went down in the first round to Bernard Tomic.

Australian Open wildcards have been awarded so far as follows, with a further two men's and three women's to be announced in the coming weeks.

Male

Female

Lleyton Hewitt

Olivia Rogowska

James Duckworth

Casey Dellacqua

Marinko Matosevic

Ashleigh Barty

Ben Mitchell

 

Jesse Levine (US reciprocal)

Madison Keys (US reciprocal)

Jeremy Chardy (French reciprocal)

Aravane Rezai (French reciprocal)