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Two Aussies added to Open main draw

AAP logoAAP 2/01/2017

Promising locals Alex De Minaur and Andrew Whittington have been awarded wildcards into the main draw of this month's Australian Open tennis tournament.

Teenager De Minaur, the 2016 Junior Wimbledon finalist, has already made his mark in Brisbane this week, moving into the main draw after winning two tough qualifying matches.

The 17-year-old has had a spectacular rankings rise from world No.1574 in January 2016 to a career high of 348 in December.

Victorian Whittington, 23, has also enjoyed his best-ever year on the tour, achieving a career-high ranking of world No.170 in November, on the back of six ITF titles and two ATP Challenger semi-finals (Lexington USA and Happy Valley).

The final main draw Australian Open men's singles wildcard will be announced later this week.

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