Paris, France, 7 May 2018 |

Eight Aussie women will descend on Paris in a bid to snare a prized wildcard into the main draw of the French Open.

The knockout event will be staged on 18-20 May at Roland Garros, with the winner joining compatriots Ash Barty, Daria Gavrilova, Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic in the main draw of the year’s second Grand Slam tournament.

Jaimee Fourlis won last year’s play-off and then stretched 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki to three compelling sets in the first round on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Fourlis will be joined in the field by Olivia Rogowska, Lizette Cabrera, Destanee Aiava, Priscilla Hon, Ellen Perez, Isabelle Wallace (a finalist in 2017) and Kimberly Birrell.

“This is the strongest play-off field we have ever had, with half the field ranked inside the WTA 200,” said Nicole Pratt, head of women’s professional tennis in Australia.

“It’s exciting to have so many quality players competing for a main-draw wildcard into Roland Garros.”

The top-ranked player in the field is Rogowska, at No.153.

The French Open begins on Sunday 27 May.