PARIS, France – The wildcards for Roland Garros 2019 have been announced, and some shake-ups to the methods of choosing them and an emphasis on youth mean that several new faces will be debuting on the Grand Slam stage in a fortnight’s time.
Junior World No.9 Diane Parry caused a stir as a 15-year-old unranked qualifying wildcard last year when she became the first player born in 2002 to win a Grand Slam qualifying match, defeating World No.109 Jana Fett in a 7-6(6), 1-6, 7-5 thriller that showed off her rare one-handed backhand in full flow. Now ranked World No.484, Parry has continued to impress on the junior circuit with a Grade A title in Merida, Mexico last year and a Grade 1 trophy in Criciúma, Brazil this February, as well as making inroads on to the ITF World Tour with two W25 quarterfinals in Santa Margherita di Pula and Tunis under her belt.
Fellow 16-year-old Selena Janicijevic has also been making waves on the junior tour this year, with a Grade 1 title in Casablanca spearheading a rise from World No.141 to World No.29 in just five months. Janicijevic has played just four pro events, reaching the second round at the Gonesse ITF W15 in March, but nonetheless will join Parry in making her Grand Slam main draw debut in Paris.