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Melanie Oudin will play at the French Open

May 10th, 2012
Staff writer

Melanie Oudin, the American tennis professional who created a sensation with her run to the quarterfinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, has earned a wild card entry for the French Open, which begins May 22.

It’s been a rough few years since Oudin, now 20, captured the hearts of tennis fans with her fierce determination as a 17-year-old playing at the Open. She has failed to advance past the early rounds of many tournaments since then and had to earn the wild card to qualify for play on the red clay courts of Roland Garros. Oudin earned the most WTA Tour Ranking points at two of three $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit clay-court events to capture the wild card, according to the USTA.

 The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild cards into the 2012 French and U.S. Opens are exchanged.

Oudin was the WTA newcomer of the year in 2009 but has admitted to struggling with the pressure that her sudden fame created. Her highest ranking was 32 in the world in singles in April, 2010, but she’s now ranked 270. Since October, Oudin has been working with USTA coaches and has seen her game improve.

Brian Baker earned the men’s USTA French Open wild card last week.