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Grosjean Awarded Australian Open Wild Card

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Sebastien Grosjean© Getty ImagesSebastien Grosjean reached the Australian Open semi-finals in 2001.

Former Australian Open semi-finalist Sebastien Grosjean has been granted a wild card into the main draw of Australian Open 2010.

The wild card is awarded under an exchange agreement with the French Tennis Federation.

Thirty-one-year-old Grosjean spent the first half of last year on the sidelines following surgery on his right shoulder in December 2008. The popular Frenchman currently sits at No 677 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, but has enjoyed considerable success in his career most notably reaching a career-high ranking of No 4 in 2002 and reaching four Grand Slam semi-finals.

In 2001 Grosjean came within a point of making it through to the Australian Open final when he led compatriot and good friend Arnaud Clement by two sets to love and held a match point in the fourth set before Clement prevailed.

Australian Open 2010 will be Grosjean’s eleventh appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park.

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