Australia’s Daria Saville, Chris O’Connell receive French Open wildcards
Posted On May 12, 2022
A resurgent Daria Saville has earned a French Open wildcard, while Chris O’Connell’s clay-court form has also seen him handed an appearance in the main draw at Roland Garros.
- Saville produced solid results in the US earlier this season
- Chris O’Connell won an ATP Challenger on clay in Croatia last month
- Nick Kyrgios will not contest the French Open
Former world number 20 Saville has risen almost 500 ranking spots this year — from 627 to 132 — in a blazing return from plantar fasciitis and Achilles surgery.
The 28-year-old reached her first WTA 1000-level quarter-final in Miami, the last 16 at Indian Wells and holds an impressive 14-8 win-loss record in 2022.
“It’s (Roland Garros) one of my favourite tournaments. I did really well when I was a junior here, so I have a lot of memories,” Saville said.
O’Connell is now ranked 125 in the world after winning an ATP Challenger on clay in Split, Croatia in April. XX
He reached the last 32 of the Australian Open following a straight-sets win over world number 13 Diego Schwartzman in the second round.
The pair are among 10 Australians already set to play first-round matches in Paris from May 22, while a further 12 will attempt to qualify from Monday.
With Ash Barty’s shock retirement, Ajla Tomljanovic (41) is Australia’s top-ranked player, while Astra Sharma (147) is the only other female confirmed in the main draw.
Nick Kyrgios will miss a fifth-straight French Open and instead relaunch for the grass swing ahead of Wimbledon.
World number 22 Alex de Minaur will lead the Australian charge in the men’s draw, while Thanasi Kokkinakis (88) has also improved his ranking to earn direct entry.