Tennis Australia has handed out the first wildcards ahead of next year’s Australian Open, with Daria Gavrilova and Marc Polmans among the recipients.

Gavrilova, who missed the 2020 Australian Open due to injury, and Polmans were joined by Christopher O’Connell, Astra Sharma, Maddison Inglis and Lizette Cabrera as local talents handed wildcards for the 2021 event.

Gavrilova will return to the Australian Open following injury.

Gavrilova will return to the Australian Open following injury. Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“I’m really excited to play in the AO next year. I’ve been training really hard to prepare and I’m just super excited to get the opportunity to compete, especially in front of a crowd, we haven’t had that for a while,” Gavrilova said.

“I was thinking the other day that Victorians have had such a rough year with the pandemic, so I’m hoping that the AO is a good chance for people to come out and watch, and be excited that tennis is back. I’m going to make sure I bring double the energy, so I hope the crowd will, too.”



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