Caroline Wozniacki and six Aussies awarded the first AO 2024 wildcards

Joining Wozniacki in the women’s singles draw is a trio of rising Australian stars in Birrell, Kadecki and Preston.

After several injuries, Brell made a heart-pounding Top 100 debut in 2023 and returned to the competition that had given him so many wins.

She reached the third round at AO 2019 – her best major result – and won her first Grand Slam tournament in four years in 2023, defeating 31st-ranked Kaya Kanebi.

“Getting a main draw wild card is a huge honor. „There’s no better feeling as an Australian than playing at Melbourne Park in our own Grand Slam,” Prell said.

„I am very grateful for this opportunity and hope to make everyone proud during the summer tennis season.”

AO 2023 was a launching pad for Kadecki, who won her first Grand Slam by defeating Polina Gutermedova.

She started the season ranked outside the top 200 but rose to world No.127 after reaching six finals and winning more than 50 matches on the ITF circuit.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity that Tennis Australia has given me. I can’t wait to start the year playing in front of the home crowd,” said the 21-year-old.

At just 18, Preston is the youngest Aussie wild card recipient.

The powerful bowler from Perth, who was ranked world No.836 in April, has soared towards the top 200 after an impressive transition to the Pro Tour, where he won four titles – the most recent being the 60K Australian Pro Tour title in Brisbane in November.

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