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Australian Open 2023 wildcards: Which men’s and women’s singles players have been given direct entry to main draw?

The Australian Open is getting closer as the world’s tennis stars begin to turn their focus to the highly anticipated Grand Slam.

With 100 men and women already placed within the main draw, there are some who have been awarded wildcards for the tournament, including six Australians.

Home talent Alexei Popyrin, Jason Kubler, Rinky Hijikata, Storm Hunter, Talia Gibson and Olivia Gadecki will compete at Australian Open 2023.

Seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams has also been awarded a wildcard, while fellow Americans Ben Shelton and Caty McNally will feature in January as well.

There is still some spots available that will be filled in the coming weeks leading into the Australian Open.

Men’s Australian Open 2023 wildcards

There are eight men’s and women’s singles wildcards awarded each year.

Name Country Age
Alexei Popyrin Australia 23
Jason Kubler Australia 29
Rinky Hijikata Australia 21
Ben Shelton USA 20
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Women’s Australian Open 2023 wildcards

Name Country Age
Storm Hunter Australia 28
Talia Gibson Australia 18
Olivia Gadecki Australia 20
Venus Williams USA 42
Caty McNally USA 21
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What is a wildcard player?

A wildcard is a player whose world ranking is not high enough to qualify automatically for the Australian Open, however they are accepted into the main draw at the discretion of a selection panel.

How many wildcards can there be at the Australian Open?

There are eight men’s and women’s singles wildcards awarded each year.

Australia/USA/France reciprocal wildcard arrangement

There are eight men’s and women’s singles wildcards awarded each year.

The Australian Open Wildcard Play-off provides Australia’s best players an opportunity to win a spot into the main draw.

Tennis Australia also has a reciprocal arrangement with the French Tennis Federation and USTA, offering exchanges in French Open and US Open wildcards.

When is Australian Open 2023?

The Australian Open men’s and women’s singles begin on Monday, January 16 and ends Sunday, January 29.

Qualifying for the tournament will commence on January 9.


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