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Eight locals given Australian Open wildcards

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Eight Australians have snared the final wildcards into the Australian Open, starting on Monday.

Teenagers Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios, as well as 21-year-old James Duckworth and big-serving Sam Groth have been added to the men’s draw.

The wildcards join Lleyton Hewitt, Bernard Tomic, Marinko Matosevic, Matt Ebden and play-off winner Jordan Thompson as the Australian male contingent at Melbourne Park.

Kokkinakis, 17, was beaten by Hewitt in the first round of the Brisbane international and took to Twitter to express his excitement about going up against more world-class talent at such a young age.

Groth, who was knocked out by Frenchman Jeremy Chardy in the Brisbane quarter-finals, did the same.

On the women’s side, 17-year-old Ashleigh Barty, 19-year-old Storm Sanders, Groth’s ex-wife Jarmila Gajdosova received entry, as did Olivia Rogowska.

Australia’s only seed, world number 17 Samantha Stosur, and Barty’s doubles partner – wildcard play-off winner Casey Dellacqua – round out the Australian women’s group.