Kuerten among wild cards at French Open

Updated: May 15, 2008, 1:38 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was given a wild-card entry into this year's tournament by the French tennis federation on Thursday.

The 31-year-old Brazilian will be playing his final tournament at Roland Garros, where he won his only majors in 1997, 2000 and 2001.

The clay-court tournament begins May 25, with the main draw two days before.

Once ranked No. 1 in the world, Kuerten announced earlier this year he would retire after the French Open because of a chronic hip injury that required surgery in 2002 and 2004.

The FFT also gave wild cards in the men's draw to French players Eric Prodon, Olivier Patience, Jeremy Chardy, Adrian Mannarino and Jonathan Eysseric.

French players Olivia Sanchez, Severine Bremond, Stephanie Foretz, Mathilde Johansson, Youlia Fedossova and Violette Huck were given spots in the women's draw.

Earlier this month, Madison Brengle and Wayne Odesnik earned wild-card berths by winning U.S. Tennis Association mini-tournaments. The USTA and French tennis federation have a reciprocal agreement to exchange spots at the U.S. Open and French Open.

The same accord with the Australian tennis federation means Robert Smeets and Samantha Stosur also have wild cards for Roland Garros.


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