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.

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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