Former French Open champion Iva Majoli of Croatia and Sebastien Lareau of Canada have been given wild-card entries into the Sydney Olympics.

Majoli, who won the French women's singles crown in 1997, will play both singles and doubles, the International Tennis Federation announced Thursday. In doubles, she will team with countrywoman Silvija Talaja, who already had earned a singles berth in the games because of her world ranking.

Lareau, Canada's top-ranked player, was given a spot in men's singles.

The wild cards are chosen on the basis of international computer rankings and geographic diversity. Under rules for Olympic tennis, there are 14 ITF wild-card places in both the men's and women's singles, plus two wild-card places chosen by a committee made up of the International Olympic Committee, the national Olympic committees and the ITF.

However, eight of the ITF places in the men's singles were awarded directly using the ATP Entry System ranking of July 10 as part of the agreement between the ITF and the ATP Tour.

In both men's and women's doubles, there are eight ITF wild-card places. Some of the doubles players had already qualified for singles, such as Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, Andre Medvedev of Ukraine and Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador.

``One of the aims of the ITF was to strike a balance between top quality competitors and the desire to have a more international field at the Olympic tennis event,'' said ITF president Francesco Ricci Bitti. ``We ... are particularly pleased we have been able to give wild cards to a number of top young players who are the future of the game.''

Slovenia's Tina Pisnik replaced Poland's Magdalena Grzybowska as a direct acceptance in the women's singles after Grzybowska withdrew.

The addition of the wild cards brings the number of countries taking part in Olympic tennis to 53.