Wu Di, a 21-year-old from Wuhan, is set to make history this week when he becomes the first male Chinese tennis player to compete at a Grand Slam tournament since the Open Era began.

Wu earned his slot in the main draw of the year's first major by winning the inaugural Asia-Pacific Australian Open Wildcard Play-off men's final in Nanjing, China, last October.

The Chinese player will face Croatia's Ivan Dodig in the first round of the Australian Open.

Wu, who is ranked No. 186 in the world and is coached by France's David Moreau, will be the first Chinese man to play in a Grand Slam since 1959, when Mei Fu-Chi took to the grasscourts of Wimbledon.

His presence in Australia means that Li Na, the 30-year-old women's star who won the French Open in 2011 and was a finalist in Melbourne the same year, will not be the only Chinese player competing in the singles.

"Chatting with him a short time ago, I reached the conclusion that he finally knows what he wants, and that is very important," Li, who is coached by Argentine Carlos Rodriguez, said in a press conference. EFE