18 May 2012

Hewitt handed a wildcard for the French Open

6:03 am on 18 May 2012

The former tennis world number one Lleyton Hewitt, currently ranked 178th, has been granted a wildcard to enter the French Open main draw along with seven other players.

The 31-year old Australian won the US Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002 but has struggled for form and fitness since.

Hewitt, who did not play at the claycourt grand slam event last year, has never done better than the quarter-finals in Paris.

The other wild cards were given to 216th-ranked American Brian Baker and six Frenchmen.

The French Open will take place from May the 27th to June the 10th.