AUSTRALIAN No.3 Jordan Thompson has scored the first wildcard into the men's main draw at next week's Brisbane International.
Thompson, 22, has almost halved his ATP ranking in 2016, having started it at No.154 and finishing at No.79.
The Sydney right-hander, who won four Challenger titles in four different countries during the season, would have been the next man in the Brisbane main draw should another player withdraw, thereby allowing Tennis Australia to award the wildcard to another man.
TA has two more men's wildcards to allocate to the ATP tournament, starting at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Sunday.
John Millman, who has been earmarked for one, practised at the Queensland Tennis Centre on Wednesday to further test if his hip injuries have recovered enough for tournament conditions.
Thompson had been on the brink of direct entry to the Brisbane International after withdrawals by two players, Kevin Anderson and Taylor Fritz.
Bernard Tomic, ranked No.26, was the only Australian direct entry so far, with Australian No.1 Nick Kyrgios again starting his Melbourne Park campaign at Perth's Hopman Cup.
Brisbane's John Millman, ranked No.84, is guaranteed a wildcard into his home city tournament if he can overcome hip injuries in time.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, who also practised in Brisbane, is in contention for TA wildcards this summer if he feels his comeback is far enough advanced.
Sam Groth, who last week pocketed a main draw wildcard to the Australian Open, is another contender for a Brisbane berth.
"Hopefully I can make the most of the opportunity,” Thompson said. "My results this year have been pretty consistent, I've improved massively since the start of the year.
"The only way to get better is by playing against great players so I'm looking forward to testing myself against some of the world's best in Brisbane.