17 May 2012

Barty given wild card to Roland Garros

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Photo: Susan MullaneAshleigh Barty (AUS)

Australia's Ashleigh Barty has been awarded a wild card into the women's main draw at Roland Garros as part of a reciprocal agreement between the FFT and Tennis Australia. 

Roland Garros will be the 16-year-old's second Grand Slam after she made her debut on home soil at the Australian Open earlier this year. At Melbourne Park she lost in the first round to Anna Tatishvili (GEO) 62 76.

"I'm thrilled to compete in the main draw of the French Open for the first time and test my game against the world's best," said the reigning Junior Wimbledon champion. "Thank you to Tennis Australia for believing in me enough to give me this opportunity and I will do my best to make everyone proud."

As well as winning 2011 Junior Wimbledon, Barty reached the semifinals at the 2011 US Open and was a member of the victorious Australian Junior Fed Cup team in San Luis Potosi later the same year.