Hewitt awarded French Open wildcard
The former world number one Lleyton Hewitt has been handed a wildcard for the French Open, along with rising star Ashleigh Barty.
Hewitt, a former Wimbledon and US Open champion, is set to compete in his 12th campaign at Roland Garros and he has made the quarter-finals three times in his career to date.
He underwent surgery in February to have metal plates and a screw inserted in his foot but has recovered quicker than expected and is back in training ahead of the clay court Grand Slam.
Tennis Australia has also chosen 16-year-old Barty as the recipient of the other wildcard. She is the current Wimbledon junior champion and she qualified for the main Australian Open draw in January.
Currently ranked world number 327, she has reached the final of three Pro Tour events so far this year and will be looking for a first Grand Slam win in only her second tournament.
Tennis Australia's director of tennis Craig Tiley said: "It's great to see Lleyton back from injury and we are very pleased to be able to reward his efforts with this wildcard.
"We are also delighted to give another Grand Slam opportunity to Ash whose commitment, work ethic and professionalism have seen her rise rapidly through the pro ranks. She is continuing to improve and deserves to test herself against the world's best."