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Millman, Barty get Aust Open wildcards

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Sydney

Ashleigh Barty.

Ashleigh Barty. Photo: Mal Fairclough

Queenslanders John Millman and Ashleigh Barty received New Year boosts in the form of wildcards to play in the main draw at this month's Australian Open.

The 23-year-old Millman, who won through qualifying to play this week's Brisbane International, was rewarded by Tennis Australia for a strong year in which he hauled his world ranking up from No.541 to 199 after playing 25 tournaments.

Sixteen-year-old Barty also made a big move in 2012, rising from No.669 to 175.

The 2011 junior Wimbledon champion was excited to get the news of her second Australian Open start at the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament in Perth where she was teamed with Bernard Tomic for Australia.

"Hopefully I can bring out some of the tennis I've been producing here at the Hopman Cup so far," said Barty, who is coached by Jason Stoltenberg and Jim Joyce.

AAP

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