Keys, Levine get Australian Open wild cards

Updated: 19 December 2011 09:40 IST

Americans Madison Keys and Jesse Levine have earned wildcard berths at the Australian Open by winning the U.S. Tennis Association playoff tournament.

Keys, Levine get Australian Open wild cards

Norcross, Georgia :

Americans Madison Keys and Jesse Levine have earned wildcard berths at the Australian Open by winning the U.S. Tennis Association playoff tournament.

The 16-year-old Keys beat Gail Brodsky 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday to earn a women's wild card, while Levine defeated veteran Robby Ginepri 6-0, 6-2, 6-1 for a men's spot.

Two American and two French players are guaranteed wildcard spots in the Australian Open every year through a reciprocal agreement between the U.S., French and Australian tennis associations.

Fifteen-year-old Ashleigh Barty and Marinko Matosevic won wildcard playoffs in Australia this month to secure spots in the tournament, which begins on Jan. 16.

Two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt, Casey Dellacqua and James Duckworth have also received wildcards.



Topics : Tennis Jesse Levine Madison Keys
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