Following his success at the Asia Pacific wild card event in Shenzhen on Sunday, Wu Di has been awarded a wildcard entry into the main draw of the Australian Open in January. The Chinese No. 1 will be contesting in the Melbourne event for the second consecutive year, following his first round exit at last year’s event to Ivan Dodig.
“I know what this victory stands for,” said Wu. “It means higher honour and more training opportunities. Apart from the national championships, I didn’t have any outstanding performances this year, and my ranking is really low. So this victory encourages me to train harder, keep pushing myself.
The World No. 207 believes he did not live up to his potential after receiving the wild card for last year’s event and would like to take his opportunity to right those wrongs.
“Earlier this year, I also got the wild card to play in the main draw of Australian Open. It was a really high starting point and a very memorable experience. But I don’t think I had a clear goal after the Australian Open; the results were up and down. I want things to be different this time, so I will get some good rest and head to the winter training for the 2014 season.”