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Roland Garros Announces Main Draw and Qualifying Wild Cards


Eight men and eight women have received main draw wild cards to the 2014 French Open, the tournament announced Thursday. 

The women's wild cards feature a mix of veterans and young players, with four women making their Grand Slam debut. Home eyes will be firmly on 17-year-old Fiona Ferro, who lost to eventual champion Belinda Bencic in the junior event a year ago. In addition, 18-year-olds Taylor Townsend and Ashleigh Barty will also feature in the women's draw. Townsend, who won the USTA competition for the American wildcard, will join Ferro in making her Grand Slam debut, while Barty will be looking to improve on a second-round showing from a year ago.

21-year-old Amandine Hesse and 23-year-old Alize Lim will also be making their major debut in singles, after previously competing in the Roland Garros main draw in doubles and mixed doubles.

On the men's side, fast rising Australian Nick Kyrgios received Tennis Australia's reciprocal wild card, and will be looking to improve on his second-round showing from a year ago. Two players on the opposite end of the career spectrum, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Michael Llodra, will also feature in this year's Roland Garros draw. Llodra, who's reached the fourth round at his home slam twice in his career, has announced that he will retire at the end of this season, and tournament organizers gave the world No. 133 one more chance to show his stuff in front of the home fans.

American Robby Ginepri, who secured the USTA's Roland Garros wildcard by winning the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, will return to the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2012 US Open. Ginepri is the only active American man to have reached the second week of Roland Garros, as he reached the fourth round in 2010.

The full list of men's and women's main draw and qualifying wild cards can be found below.

Women's singles

Fiona Ferro (FRA)
Claire Feuerstein (FRA)
Amandine Hesse (FRA)
Mathilde Johansson (FRA)
Alizé Lim (FRA)
Pauline Parmentier (FRA)
Taylor Townsend (USA)
Ashleigh Barty (AUS)

Men's singles

Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA)
Michael Llodra (FRA)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA)
Axel Michon (FRA)
Lucas Pouille (FRA)
Albano Olivetti (FRA)
Robby Ginepri (USA)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)

Women's qualifying singles

Manon Arcangioli (FRA)
Estelle Cascino (FRA)
Stéphanie Foretz-Gacon (FRA)
Myrtille Georges (FRA)
Irina Ramialison (FRA)
Constance Sibille (FRA)
Jade Suvrijn (FRA)
Storm Sanders (AUS)

Men's qualifying singles

Mathias Bourgue (FRA)
Enzo Couacaud (FRA)
Jonathan Eysseric (FRA)
Quentin Halys (FRA)
Tristan Lamasine (FRA)
Laurent Lokoli (FRA)
Johan Tatlot (FRA)
Tak Khunn Wang (FRA)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)

The first ball of the main draw of the 2014 French Open will be struck on May 25. 



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