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Bhambri in ATP main draw

sports Updated: Dec 22, 2010 01:55 IST
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India's rising player Sanam Singh missed out on a direct entry into the Chennai Open main draw as the organisers opted to hand over the last two wildcards to Yuki Bhambri and Rohan Bopanna on Tuesday.

Bopanna headlined most of last year for his doubles performances with Pakistani partner Aisam Qureshi.

But his contribution to the Davis Cup victory in the city, where India fought back from 0-2 down to beat Brazil in the world group play-off may have clinched the decision in his favour.

"Would like to thank the tournament organisers for giving me the opportunity and will come out well prepared," Bopanna tweeted on Tuesday. "And also playing in Chennai, it's always a great place to play and have had some great memories there especially during Davis Cup."

The third wildcard had been awarded to Stanislas Wawrinka. The Swiss had finished runners-up at the tournament last year.

Bopanna last played an ATP singles match in Halle, where he qualified for the main draw before losing 4-6, 6-7 (11) to Thiemo de Bakker in the first round. In Chennai last year, Bopanna had gone down 1-6, 4-6 to Wawrinka in the first round.

Having missed out on the final-eight spot last season, Bopanna-Qureshi will also begin their 2011 campaign in Chennai.

Harrison, Davis win Aus Open wild cards
Young American tennis players Ryan Harrison and Laura Davis won wild cards into next month's Australian Open at a wild card playoff tournament in the United States.

Harrison fought through qualifying to reach the main draw at this year's U.S. Open, beating Ivan Ljubicic before falling in the second round. Ranked 173rd in the world, Harrison will want to erase his first-round loss to Janko Tipsarevic last January at Melbourne Park.

Davis is unbeaten in 27 straight matches and recently won two ITF Futures events, the Junior Orange Bowl and the Eddie Herr Junior Championships.

The French Tennis Federation said veteran Virginie Razzano and 21-year-old Benoit Paire would receive its reciprocal wild cards to Melbourne.

Razzano reached a career-high ranking of 16 in 2009 but has dropped to 114 this year due to injury. Paire is ranked 152 and will make his Australian Open debut.

(with inputs from ap)