Gavrilova, 20, won the play-off for Australian players to earn a wildcard into the main draw of 2015's first major at Melbourne Park - the only thing being, is that the WTA Tour still considers her a Russian.

The former top-ranked junior is the long-time partner of rising Australian player Luke Saville, and has earned residency in the country - but until she secures citizenship, she will only have the Union Jack and Southern Cross next to her name at grand slams.

Gavrilova, whose only main-draw grand slam win came at Melbourne Park in 2013 when she qualified as a Russian, said there will be some honorary Australians in the crowd cheering her on in January.

"They're still living in Russia but they're coming out here for the Australian Open," Gavrilova told SEN.

"My dad has been here before but it's going to be my mum's and brothers' first time in Australia."

Gavrilova was on crutches 12 months ago due to a knee reconstruction and missed out on the chance to compete in the wildcard play-off - but she redeemed herself in December, beating another Russian-turned-Australian Arina Rodionova 6-4 6-2 in the final.

Ranked 236th, the Moscow-born Gavrilova will pocket a guaranteed 30,000 Australian dollars - the prize money for a first-round loss, and a generous draw could see her capitalise further.

And she said such opportunities were what attracted her to moving to the country of boyfriend Saville.

"I came here [Australia] a few times and I always loved it," said Gavrilova, when asked why she made the move.

"Obviously the facilities and the opportunities here are unreal, not only for tennis but for everybody.

"I love the lifestyle, I think it really suits me and I always wanted to be here.

"I just applied for the residency and it all worked out. And now I'm really happy."

Gavrilova ranks her greatest asset as her competitiveness - something that is bound to sit well with an Australian crowd used to cheering on dogged fighter Lleyton Hewitt for 15-plus years.

"It gets pretty lonely out there sometimes on the road," she conceded.

"But once you're on court, you just want to be compete and you try your hardest.

"I think it's one of my strengths, I'm pretty competitive, I would never give up and the players know that.

"And it works in my favour when I'm fighting my hardest."