The 2012 Australian Open is now on the near horizon, as the draw will be released next Friday, Jan. 13. The wild cards for the first Grand Slam of the year are already known, and one player who received a wild card was former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, a player who will be 31 years old in February.

While Hewitt’s name is big enough to get him into his home country’s major with a back-door wild card, you have to think that the only way he’ll get into the Roland Garros draw is through the front door. He’ll have to have the ranking to warrant automatic placement in the French Open field, or he’ll have to plow his way through a bunch of 20-to-23-year-olds in the qualifying tournament.