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Australia's Matt Ebden and Jarmila Gajdosova have today been confirmed as wildcards for the Brisbane International 2013.
"It's a tournament I really love ... Brisbane is one of the first tournaments I got breakthroughs at. I really like the conditions there and the city ... Brisbane is definitely one of my favourite events during the year," said Ebden.
"It's a great opportunity, obviously I am very appreciative of Tennis Australia, they've helped me a lot," the Australian No. 4 added.
Ebden, who was also awarded a wildcard to last year's event, has enjoyed an impressive 2012 season, reaching a career rankings high of 61 in the world during October.
"2012 was good in a few ways; I won some of my first Grand Slam matches and played in the main draws of all the Slams," said Ebden, the current world No.105.
"I also won some of my first Davis Cup matches and debuted ... and won by far the most [ATP World] Tour matches through the whole season that I have ever before," he added
Over the past few years the 25-year-old has enjoyed some solid performances at the Brisbane International. In 2010 he qualified beating Austrian Jurgen Melzer in the first round and in 2011 he again qualified and progressed to the quarter finals before being defeated by the eventual champion Robin Soderling (SWE).
"Brisbane has a world-class field again, "said Ebden. "Andy Murray is leading the field and [Milos] Raonic ... I've been trying to work on improving my game to be able to match it and beat those guys."
On the women's side of the draw Gajdosova, a former top 30 player, has been granted the first wildcard.
"It means a lot. I can't thank enough to Brisbane International and Tennis Australia for giving me this opportunity to start my comeback and new year playing main draw at such a great event," Gajdosova said.
"I've been working hard this off season also had some time off, so I am very excited to come back home and play in front of my home crowd. I feel healthy and happy and hope all my hard work on and off the court will show.
"I love playing in Brisbane. It's a great city and event with lot of top girls playing. Crowd is fantastic and very supportive," she added.
In 2011 Gajdosova reached the quarter finals of the Brisbane International.
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