Six Queenslanders will appear in the main draw of the French Open, after Brisbane’s Priscilla Hon was granted a wildcard into the event starting in Paris later this month.
Hon, currently ranked No. 134 was awarded a place in the tournament alongside Australia’s Alexei Popyrin.
Hon has enjoyed a successful year to date, qualifying for the main draw at WTA tournaments in Sydney, Hua Hin and Indian Wells. The 21-year-old also reached the final of the Australian Pro Tour final in Canberra on clay.
Another highlight was her resounding Fed Cup debut in February; Hon teamed with Ash Barty in a live doubles rubber and helped deliver Australia a thrilling 3-2 victory over the United States in North Carolina.
That result sent the Aussies into the World Group semifinals, where they defeated Belarus to make their first Fed Cup final since 1993.
Hon peaked at a career-high ranking of No.130 in April, after beginning the season at No.157.
“First of all I’m so thankful to Tennis Australia for believing in me and giving me this opportunity, and for all the support they’ve given me throughout my career so far,” Hon said.
“I’m so excited to be able to play the main draw of the French Open. I’ve never played in another main draw apart from the Aussie Open and I’m aiming for next year to be getting in on my own ranking. I’m super excited and can’t wait to go out there and compete.”
Hon will be in great Queensland company in the French capital with Ash Barty, Ajla Tomljanovic and Sam Stosur appearing in the women’s draw. John Millman and Bernard Tomic play in the men’s draw.
Jason Kubler and Kim Birrell have secured a place in qualifying.
The French Open begins on 26 May in Paris, with the qualifying event taking place in the preceding week.