July 12, 2024

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Canadian Zhao among wild cards announced for Roland Garros

(Photo: FFT)

Roland Garros tournament director Guy Forget was a little wishy-washy on the possibility of a wild card for Andy Murray during the French federation’s press conference last week.

And in the end, Murray took himself out of the conversation when he turned down a wild card in Geneva, and basically put his return on the shelf until the grass season.

So on Monday, the FFT announced its wild cards for the upcoming tournament, which will be held from May 30.

The great news for Canadians is that through its relationship with Tennis Canada, Carol Zhao has been given a wild card for the qualifying.

Zhao spots a Canadian face during a great effort against former champion Francesca Schiavone in 2018. Zhao will be back in2021 – but without all the arm armor.

Tennis Australia got a reciprocal for Astra Sharma into the main draw, and Olivia Gadecki for the qualifying. The rest are all-French, all the time.

Here are the women’s wild cards.

Women’s Main Draw

Océane Babel
Clara Burel
Océane Dodin
Elsa Jacquemot
Chloé Paquet
Dianne Parry
Harmony Tan

Astra Sharma (AUS)     

Women’s qualifying

Tessah Andrianjafitrimo
Julie Belgraver
Lois Boisson
Salma Djoubri
Aubane Droguet
Selena Janicijevic
Carole Monnet

Carol Zhao (CAN)
Olivia Gadecki (AUS)

Men’s WCs all-French – but one

On the men’s side, there will be one main-draw wild card awarded by Tennis Australia as a reciprocal.

Other than that, it’s all Team France.

Men’s Main Draw

Grégoire Barrere
Benjamin Bonzi
Mathias Bourgue
Arthur Cazaux
Enzo Couacaud
Hugo Gaston
Arthur Rinderknech

Men’s Qualifying

Arthur Fils
Evan Furness
Manuel Guinard
Kyrian Jacquet
Tristan Lamasine
Timo Legout
Matteo Martineau
Giovanni Mpetshi-Perricard
Luca Van Assche

 

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