Wimbledon have announced some of their wildcards ahead of The Championships, which get underway on Monday 24th June, with many British hopefuls getting the nod.
18-year-old Kyle Edmund played his first senior match on the ATP Tour yesterday at Queen’s and has today been awarded a wildcard into the highly-anticipated SW19 major as the leading junior. He did lose 6-4 7-6 but was playing the world number 51 Grega Zemlja, there was plenty of cause for hope for the Brit. Last week, Edmund won the junior doubles title at the French Open.
There’s also a wildcard for British number two James Ward, the current world number 215. Last year, the 26-year-old reached the second round at Wimbledon.
Meanwhile Dan Evans, who’s already pulled off two sock victories at Queen’s and was part of the amazing comeback for GB in the Davis Cup earlier this year, has missed out on a Wimbledon wildcard thus far. The 23-year-old has missed out due to his ranking, 277, which isn’t in the cut-off to make him a recommendation to receive one. He has, however, got one into the qualifying stages. Evans was grateful to get a chance to make the main draw through qualifying; “You’re either inside 250 or you’re not, especially for the older ones. I think
it’s good that we have to play qualies to get a chance to earn our way in.”
In addition to Ward and Edmund, Australian Matthew Ebden, who won the mixed doubles event at the Australian Open back in January, has earned a wildcard. Nicolas Mahut has one too but his compatriot Gael Monfils, who reached the third round at the French Open and recently climbed from 119 to 67 in the world rankings, has withdrawn from Wimbledon due to personal reasons. Mahut is now 31 and is well known for competing in the 11 hours and 5 minutes marathon Wimbledon match with John Isner, back in 2010.
Wildcards into the main draw are worth at least £23,500, the amount you receive for making round one. Should any of them progress to the next round, they’ll receive a further £14,500 – lucrative sums meaning there’s everything to play for.
For a full list of the wildcard entries so far, including many more Brits in the women’s singles and the many other events, CLICK HERE.
– Nathan Morley