More Xmas cheer for Matosevic and Rogowska
Marinko Matosevic and Olivia Rogowska have been granted wildcards in the Brisbane International.
Australian Open wildcard winner Marinko Matosevic has earned the second men’s Brisbane International wildcard today.
Fellow Victorian and Australian Open wildcard runner-up, Olivia Rogowska, has been granted the second women’s wildcard into the event.
Matosevic said he was exited to get a wildcard into the Brisbane International.
“It is obviously fantastic news to receive a Brisbane International wildcard. It means a lot after a tough year and it is a great opportunity for me,” Matosevic said.
“Due to an injury at the US Open it has been a long pre-season for me but also a blessing in disguise as I have had a lot of match practice as a result.
“Last year I drew Andy Roddick, the No.2 seed, in the draw so I didn’t get past the first round. This year I want to win that first match and then see what happens.
“After my win in Melbourne, I can’t wait for the summer ahead and the Australian Open. I lost in the first round last year to a player that I beat in Washington so I really want to make the most of every opportunity this year.
“I also read on the ATPworldtour.com, the other day, about the redevelopment that has happened up there since the floods. It is supposed to be better than ever so I am really looking forward to getting up there in January.
“I am so thankful to the selectors for the wildcard, the Brisbane International and Tennis Australia.”
Tennis Australia’s national selectors granted Matosevic a wildcard into the men’s field leaving just one remaining men’s wildcard to be granted.
Rogowska, who is a member of the AIS Pro Tour program, is keen to make the most of the opportunity.
“It has always been a goal of mine to play main draw at the Brisbane International. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to play,” Rogowska said.
“I’ve had a really good couple weeks of training and feel like I’m playing some good tennis so hopefully I can do well next week which will be great preparation for the Australian Open.”
Rogowska has been training in Sydney with Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua who are the other two Australian women in the main draw of the Brisbane International. Two women’s wildcards remain.
Ashleigh Barty, Isabella Holland, Sally Peers and Bojana Bobusic have also been confirmed for wildcard entry into the women’s qualifying event at the Brisbane International which is due to start on the 30 December.
Brisbane International 2012 series packages and single sessions are on sale now.
Tickets start from as little as $14.90 for ground passes and can be purchased online at www.ticketek.com.au/brisbaneinternational or call 1300 888 104.