Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has secured his spot in the Australian Open.
The French Tennis Federation announced it has allocated Melbourne wild cards to 2008 Australian Open finalist Tsonga and 17-year-old Clara Burel.
The Australian Open is set for January 14-27th, 2019.
The French Tennis Federation receives a pair of Australian Open wild cards from Tennis Australia in a reciprocal agreement that allocates a couple of Roland Garros wild cards to the TA.
Currently ranked No. 258, Tsonga defeated Denis Shapovalov in five sets before bowing to Nick Kyrgios in the Australian Open third round last January.
.@clara_burel, actuellement 619e au classement WTA, et @tsonga7, 258e au classement ATP, bénéficieront d’une wild-card pour le tableau final du simple dames et du simple messieurs de l’Open d’Australie 2019 (14 – 27 janvier). #AusOpen >> https://t.co/PF6ausg4bM pic.twitter.com/vL83JQTRUW
— FFT (@FFTennis) December 5, 2018
The 33-year-old Tsonga underwent knee surgery on April 3rd and missed nearly seven-and-a-half months of the season, concluding 2018 with a 5-7 record.
An unseeded Tsonga knocked off Andy Murray, Richard Gasquet and Rafael Nadal en route to the 2008 Australian Open final where he lost to Novak Djokovic.
The 619th-ranked Burel will be making her Grand Slam main-draw debut.
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