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Wildcard Challenge


The Young Ladies Wild Card Challenge is THE chance for up-and-coming Austrian players to play on the big stage of the Upper Austria Ladies Linz. This "pre-tournament", which traditionally takes place one week before the start of the main competition, sees 8 players with their first international experience compete for a wild card to qualify for the WTA 500 event. The Wild Card Challenge is a joint initiative of Upper Austria Ladies Linz and the Austrian Tennis Federation, represented by tournament director Sandra Reichel and ÖTV sports coordinator and captain of the Austrian Billie Jean King Cup team Marion Maruska. The winners so far are 


2018: Mavie Österreicher (Vienna)

2019: Emily Meyer (Vorarlberg)

2020: Veronika Bokor (Lower Austria)

2021: Mavie Österreicher (Vienna)

2023: Veronika Bokor (Lower Austria)

2024: Arabella Koller (Upper Austria)

"Yes, it's great that we can organise this Wild Card Challenge in cooperation with the Austrian and Upper Austrian Tennis Associations. It is always a matter close to my heart to offer our young players this platform."

Sandra Reichel
Tournament Director