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    Default Alicia Molik Earns Wildcard Entry Into Australian Open

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    Alicia Molik earned a wildcard entry into the Australian Open tennis to be played next month. The tennis player’s comeback effort during the last half of 2009, after reversing her retirement plans resulted in the big award.

    Officials on Thursday announced their holiday gifts, and are holding one final place for men and women into the main draw of the first Grand Slam of the season, which starts on Jan 18.

    Fed Cup coach and selector David Taylor said, “Alicia is a former world number eight who has done more than enough to earn this. She was the form player in the domestic Pro Tour. She is such a class act she deserves every opportunity that comes her way."Olivia Rogowska will join Molik in the 128-woman field at Melbourne Park.

    The national under-18 champion Jason Kubler, Davis Cup player Carsten Ball and two-time junior Grand Slam winner Bernard Tomic were the others in men’s category to get a wild card entry in the main draw.

    Australian coach Todd Woodbridge said,"Carsten made an ATP final this year (Los Angeles against Sam Querrey) and went close to making the main draw cut-off for the Australian Open.”

    "He has performed well in Davis Cup and on the ATP tour, with a back injury the only reason he was forced to miss the wildcard play-off.”

    Tomic, the junior US Open champion, lost last week's wildcard playoff final, holding match points in a five-setter before going down to Nick Lindahl.



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