Australian No.1 Player Accuses Tennis Australia of Vendetta Following Australian Open Wildcard Snub

Arina Rodionova has criticized Tennis Australia for not awarding her a wildcard into her home grand slam, despite being the nation’s top-ranked women’s player. Rodionova accused the governing body of causing undue stress on players by not being transparent and awarding the wildcards sooner. The 34-year-old had the best result of the Australian women at the Brisbane International, and she feels that Tennis Australia didn’t consider her achievements when making their decision. Rodionova believes that the situation threw her off her game on Tuesday. She says that Tennis Australia’s decision cost her at least $94,000, but to her, “it’s not about the money.” This situation has happened multiple times before, and to Rodionova, it’s disrespectful towards players. Even John Millman feels that Rodionova has been wronged. He believes that she should have been awarded the wildcard, given her impressive achievements.