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French Open 2023 Wildcards – Who Got the Invite

June 1 Update – Diane Parry, the last wildcard standing, losses to a 16-year-old

All the players who received a wildcard to participate at the French Open are out after Diane Parry, the last one standing, lost in the second round. The world no. 79 lost 6-1 and 6-2 against the 16-year-old Mirra Andreeva. Parry made 38 unforced errors compared to only 15 by the Russian player, which was the key to the final score. Previously, Parry defeated Anhelina Kalinina by 6-2 and 6-3 in the opening round of the tournament.

May 31 Update – Jeanjean losses in the second round

Leolia Jeanjean finished her French Open journey by losing to Elina Avanesyan 6-0, 7-5 in the second round of the tournament. The world no. 124 stood no chance in the opening set that was finished in only 23 minutes, with the French winning only 8 points. The second set was much more interesting as Jeanjean broke the opponent’s serve for a 2-1 lead. Avenesyan managed to break back quickly and did the same later on to finish the match with a straight set win. Jeanjean defeated Kimberly Birrell in the opening round.

Diane Parry is the only wildcard left in the tournament. The 20-year-old will go against Mirra Andreeva tomorrow in the second round of the French Open.

May 30 Update – Diane Parry stuns Anhelina Kalinina

Dianne Parry
Diane PARRY of France during the Day 3 of Roland Garros at Roland Garros on May 30, 2023 in Paris, France. (Photo by Anthony Dibon/Icon Sport)

Diane Parry made a huge upset on Day 3 of the French Open, defeating Anhelina Kalinina, who recently reached the final at WTA Rome. Parry, who is 79th in the WTA rankings, took advantage of Kalinina’s questionable physical condition and advanced with an easy 6-2, 6-3 win. The 20-year-old will face Mirra Andreeva from Russia in the second round, who is the youngest player in the tournament as she is only 16 years old.

The rest of the wildcards had no success today and were all eliminated. Clara Burel lost 7-6, 6-2 to Sara Sorribes Tormo from Spain. Selena Janicijevic failed to Oceane Dodin despite winning the opening set to love. Dodin took over control since then, winning the other two sets, 6-2, 6-1. Fiona Ferro, the only wildcard who made it to the main draw through the qualifiers, lost 6-2, 6-0 to Rebecca Peterson.

In the men’s tournament, the last two standing wildcards lost today. Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard failed in five sets to Genaro Alberto Olivieri – 7-6, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. Hugo Gaston lost in straight sets to Alex Molcan – 6-1, 7-6, 6-4.

Tomorrow Leolia Jeanjean will take on Elina Avanesyan in the second round.

May 29 Update – Fils, Paire and Mladenovic all out on Day 2

The second day of the 2023 French Open has not been successful for the wildcards, as all three players who showed on court today lost their matches.

One of the biggest hopes of French tennis, Arthur Fils lost his French Open debut in four sets against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina. The 18-year-old, who won the tournament in Geneve last week, played pretty solid against the world no. 34, but that wasn’t enough for a sensation as the Spaniard won 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Benoit Paire was much closer to winning today as he had a 2-1 lead against the world no. 13 Cameron Norrie. Paire turned things around after losing the opening set, but Norrie proved his class and took over the match from that point on for a final 7-5, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 win.

The only wildcard who played in the ladies’ tournament Kristina Mladenovic also finished her journey in the singles event. The 30-year-old lost 7-5, 6-1 to the world no. 138 Kayla Day from the United States.

The action for the wildcards continues tomorrow as Giovanni Mpetshi Perricard will take on Genaro Alberto Olivieri and Hugo gaston will play Alex Molcan.

In the ladies’ tournament, three wildcards will take on the court tomorrow. Diane Parry will play the WTA Rome finalist Anhela Kalinina, Selena Janicijevic will go against another French hope Oceane Dodin and Clara Burel will face Sara Sorribes Tormo.

May 28 Update – Jeanjean moves on to the second round

The main draw of the French Open is underway, and four wildcards played on Day 1. The only one winning among them is Leolia Jeanjean. The 27-year-old, who made it to the third round at the French Open last year, started well by beating Kimberly Birrell from Australia, who is ranked no. 111. Jeanjean, who is no. 127 in the world, needed 3 hours and 11 minutes to prevail, winning by 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. In the second round, Jeanjean will face the winner of the match between Belinda Bencic and Elina Avanesyan.

The rest of the wildcards finished their participation in the tournament. Jessika Ponchet won only two games in the match against Nadia Podorska. The Argentinian needed just over an hour to win 6-0, 6-2. Ponchet made less than 50% of her first serves and won only 5 points on the opponent’s serve.

In the men’s tournament, Arthur Cazaux lost to fellow Frenchman Corentin Moutet, 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Cazaux was very vulnerable on his second serve winning only 41% of those points. Hugo Grenier is also out in the opening round after losing 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-3 to Marton Fucsovics. Grenier was pretty solid in this match but simply the Hungarian is one big step ahead of him.

May 26 Update – Fiona Ferro makes it to the main draw

Fiona Ferro
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Fiona Ferro was the last wildcard standing on the final day of the qualifiers and she made it to the French Open main draw.

Ferro, who is currently ranked at no. 462, defeated Jaimee Fourlis by 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. She is now moving the first round of the main draw where she will face Rebecca Peterson of Sweden. The 27-year-old is currently 86th in the WTA rankings. The two have already played each other back in 2020, in Hobart when Peterson retired at 4-4 in the opening set.

May 24 Update – Fiona Ferro is the only wildcard still standing

Five of the qualifying wildcards played on Day 3 of the qualifying tournament today. As a result, Fiona Ferro is the only one still standing in the qualifying tournament, one win away from the main draw.

Ferro, who is currently ranked at world no. 462 defeated Caroline Alves in straight sets, 6-0, 7-6. In the last qualifying round, Ferro will play the world no. 150 Jaimee Fourlis from Australia.

The 19-year-old Nina Radovanovic lost her second round match, 7-5 and 7-6, against world no. 136, Viktoria Hruncakova. Margaux Rouvroy is also eliminated after losing in two tiebreaks to Iryna Shymanovich.

In the men’s qualifying tournament, the remaining two players lost their matches today. Dan Added lost 7-6 and 6-2 against the world no. 135, Pedro Martinez. Sascha Gueymard-Wayenburg is also out after failing 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 against Ugo Camilo Carabelli from Argentina.

May 23 Update – Unsuccessful Day for the Wildcards

Day 2 of the French Open qualifiers was just a terrible one as all seven players, five men and two women, got their Roland Garros dream snapped.

Terence Atmane was a major underdog against the world no. 171, Zdenek Kolar. The player from the Chech Republic was just on another level winning 6-1, 6-2 in just 54 minutes of play.

Harold Mayot was also eliminated in straight sets losing 7-5 twice againt the world no. 194, Marc Polmans from Australia.

Mathys Erhard put up a fight against Flavio Cobolli from Italy but lost 4-6, 6-3, 4-6. Arthur Gea failed short in the match against Liam Brody from the Great Britain, losing 6-4, 4-6, 3-6. Finally, Gabriel Debru lost 2-6, 6-1, 3-6 to Nick Hardt from the Domenican Republic who is ranked 218th in the world.

The two wildcards in the women’s qualifying tournament also lost. Emeline Dartron lost 5-7,7-5, 2-6 to Ankita Raina from India, while Alice Tubello lost 4-6, 6-1, 2-6 to Mina Barthel from Germany.

May 22 Update – Five Wildcards Move on to the Second Qualifying Round

The French Open has officially started with Day 1 of the qualifying tournaments. A total of 11 players who received wildcards for the qualifying tournament went out on the court, and five of them advanced to the second round.

Dan Added moves forward after the 24-year-old defeated Maximilian Marterer in straight sets, 6-4 and 6-4. This was a real upset since the German has been among the top 50 on tour and has already played in the French Open main draw. Added will play Pedro Martinez in the second qualifying round, who is currently ranked at no. 135.

The 19-year-old Sascha Gueymard-Wayenburg also moves forward after defeating Denis Kudla, 6-3, 6-4. This also a major upset, as the 30-year-old American is a regular participant in the main draw of Grand Slams but at the same time, he has never made it past the opening round at the French Open. In the second round, Gueymard-Wayenburg will play the 150th player in the world, Ugo Camilo Carabelli from Argentina.

The other two wildcards that played today were eliminated. Titouan Droguet lost 6-3, 7-6 to Andrea Vavasorri, while Antonie Ghibaudo lost 6-7, 6-3, 6-1 to Norbert Gombos.

In the women’s qualifying tournament, three players moved forward while other four finished their competition in the opening round. The most interesting match was between two wildcard players, Nina Radovanovic and Lois Boisson. Radovanovic ended up winning 1-6, 6-2, 7-5 and will play Viktoria Hruncakova from Slovakia who is the 136th player in the world.

Margaux Rouvroy also moves forward as the 22-year-old stunned the 2020 French Open finalist and former world no. 4, Sofia Kenin. Rouvroy won 6-4, 6-3 and will play Iryna Shymanovich of Belarus who is currently 211th in the WTA rankings. Fiona Ferro is also coming off a successful day as the 26-year-old defeated Jessica Bouzas Maneiro 6-3, 1-6, 6-1. Ferro will play the 222nd player in the rankings, Carolina Alves from Brazil.

Unlike them, Emma Lene, Audrey Albie and Daphnée Mpetchi-Perricard are all out of the tournament. Lene lost to Noma Noha Akugue, Albie to Arantxa Rus while the 14-year-old Mpetchi-Perricard lost to Kristina Dmitruk.

French Open 2023 Wildcards

The 2023 French Open begins with the qualifying tournament that will take place from May 22 to May 26. The main draw starts on May 28 and will finish with the men’s final scheduled for June 11. At the suggestion of National Technical Director Nicolas Escudé, the President of the FFT, Gilles Moretton, and the French Open Tournament Director Amélie Mauresmo, the wildcards have been announced.

Aryna Sabalenka vs Donna Vekic
PARIS,FRANCE,26.MAY.22 – TENNIS – WTA Tour, French Open, Roland Garros, Grand Slam. Image shows the hand of Madison Keys (USA) with ball and tennis racket.
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What is a Wildcard and how does it work?

A wildcard refers to a tournament entry awarded to a player at the discretion of the organizers. At the French Open, the players that are getting wildcards are French players who, based on their ranking, are not qualified for the tournaments. The Committee gives Roland Garros wildcards for both men’s and women’s tournaments and for both the qualifying round and main draw. In the following lines, we will closely describe how does it work.

French Open Wildcards Allocating Procedure

Men’s Singles

Wildcards for the main draw (2 out of 6)

1. “French Race”

The French player who earns the most ATP points in the 8 tournaments below is allocated a wildcard for the main draw.

  • Nouméa 90 – week of 6th January
  • Rennes 80 – week of 20th January
  • Quimper 80 – week of 27th January
  • Cherbourg 80 – week of 10th February
  • Pau 100 – week of 24th February
  • Lille 90 – week of 23rd March
  • Saint-Brieuc 80 – week of 30th March
  • Aix-en-Provence 125 – week of 4th May

2.  “International Race”

The second wildcard is allocated to the highest-ranked French player (1) in the ATP Race to London on Monday 11th May 2020 who has not been entered directly in the main draw. If the same player wins the “French Race”, he will be allocated the wildcard for the “French Race” and the second highest-ranked player in the ATP Race to London as of Monday 11th May 2020, who has not been entered directly into the main draw, will be allocated the wildcard for the “International Race”.

Women’s Singles

Wildcards for main draw (2 out of 6)

1 . “French Race”

The French player who earns the most WTA points in the 12 tournaments below will be allocated a wildcard for the main draw.

  • Fort-de-France – $15,000 – week of 13th January
  • Petit-Bourg – $25,000 – week of 20th January
  • Andrézieux-Bouthéon – $60,000– week of 27th January
  • Grenoble – $25,000 – week of 10th February
  • Mâcon – $25,000 – week of 24th February
  • Amiens – $15,000 – week of 9th March
  • Gonesse – $15,000 – week of 16th March
  • Le Havre – $15,000 – week of 23rd March
  • Croissy-Beaubourg – $60,000 – week of 30th March
  • Calvi – $25,000+H – week of 13th April
  • Saint-Malo – $60,000+H – week of 20th April
  • Cagnes-sur-Mer – $80,000 – week of 4th May

2 .“International Race”

The second wildcard will be allocated to the highest-ranked French player (1) in the WTA Porsche Race Singles rankings on Monday 11th May 2020 who has not been entered directly in the main draw. If the same player wins the “French Race”, she will be allocated the wildcard for the “French Race” and the second highest-ranked player in the WTA Porsche Race Singles on Monday 11th May 2020, who has not been entered directly into the main draw, will be allocated the wildcard for the “International Race”.

Additional Calculation Rules for Both Men’s and Women’s Single

  • The 4* best singles results are taken into account in the 8 ATP/WTA tournaments held in France between 6th January and 10th May 2020.
  • Only the 2 best singles results are taken into account for any tournaments entered by way of a wildcard.
  • Players must enter at least 3 of these tournaments.
  • The number of points allocated to the players is identical to the number of ATP/WTA points won.
  • If the “French Race” winner is already entered into the main draw thanks to his ATP/WTA ranking, the wildcard will be allocated to the first player on the list who is not entered directly into the main draw.
  • In the event of a tie, the player with the highest ATP/WTA ranking will be awarded the wildcard.

* If more than 4 tournaments played.

Wildcards for the Men’s Qualifying Rounds (4 out of 8):

  • The top two French players in the “French Race” rankings who have not been entered into the main draw or qualifying draw.
  • The highest-ranking French player (2) in the ATP/WTA rankings who has not been entered into the main draw or qualifying draw.
  • The highest-ranking French player in the ITF Junior rankings (must be in the Top 20).

2023 French Open Wildcards

French Open ATP Wildcards singles (main draw)

Arthur Cazaux – Age 20 – ATP ranking: No.197

Arthur Fils – Age 18 – ATP ranking: No.119 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – French tour

Hugo Gaston – Age 22 – ATP ranking: No.110

Hugo Grenier  Age 27 – ATP ranking: No.124

Giovanni Mpetshi-Perricard – Age 19 – ATP ranking: No.233

Benoit Paire – Age 34 – ATP ranking: No.160 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – International race*

*Erratum: following an FFT review, the internatonial race Wildcard initially awarded to Hugo Gaston will be given to Benoît Paire

French Open WTA Wildcards singles (main draw)

Clara Burel – Age 22 – WTA ranking: No.108 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – International race

Selena Janicijevic – Age 20 – WTA ranking: No.189

Leolia Jeanjean – Age 27 – WTA ranking: No.125

Kristina Mladenovic – Age 30 – WTA ranking: No.153

Diane Parry – Age 20 – WTA ranking: No.109

Jessika Ponchet – Age 26 – WTA ranking: No.119 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – French race

French Open ATP Wildcards singles (Qualifying)

Dan Added – Age 24 – ATP ranking: No.251

Térence Atmane – Age 21 – ATP ranking: No.249 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – International race

Gabriel Debru – Age 17 – ATP ranking: No.533

Titouan Drouguet – Age 21 – ATP ranking: No.275

Mathys Erhard – Age 21 – ATP ranking: No.361

Arthur Gea – Age 18 – ATP ranking: No.982

Antoine Ghibaudo – Age 18 – ATP ranking: No.734

Sascha Gueymard-Wayenburg – Age 19 – ATP ranking: No.396

Harold Mayot – Age 21 ans – ATP ranking: No.196 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – French race

French Open WTA Wildcards singles (Qualifying)

Audrey Albie – Age 28 – WTA ranking: No.241

Lois Boisson – Age 19 – WTA ranking: No.495

Emeline Dartron – Age 23 – WTA ranking: No.393

Fiona Ferro – Age 26 – WTA ranking: No.392

Emma Lene – Age 23 – WTA ranking: No.418

Daphnée Mpetshi-Perricard – Age 14 – No WTA ranking

Nina Radovanovic – Age 19 – WTA ranking: No.558

Margaux Rouvroy – Age 22 – WTA ranking: No.292 – “Destination Roland-Garros” wildcard – French race

Alice Tubello – Age 22 ans – WTA ranking: No.342

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