Six international players given Australian Open wild cards

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Americans Denis Kudla and Irina Falconi were among six player awarded wild-card entries Saturday for the Australian Open beginning Jan. 19 at Melbourne Park.

Kudla and Falconi finished first in their respective divisions of the USTA Pro Circuit Australian Open Wild Card Challenge standings.

France's Lucas Pouille and Oceane Dodin were given wild cards due to a reciprocal agreement between Tennis Australia and the French Tennis Federation.

They join Asia-Pacific wild cards China's Zhang Ze and Taiwan's Chang Kai-chen, who won an Australian Open 2015 Asia-Pacific playoff in Shenzhen, China late last year.

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