First set of Wimbledon wildcards announced!

The wildcard announcements for this year’s Wimbledon are in and they are as follows;

Women’s Singles

Harriet Dart
Katie Swan
Iga Swiatek
Heather Watson

(4 more to be announced)

Women’s Qualifying Singles

Katy Dunne
Coco Gauff
Francesca Jones
Sabine Lisicki
Maia Lumsden
Emma Raducanu
Gabrielle Taylor

British trio of Dart, Swan and Watson have all picked up wildcards for the event. Harriet and Heather both suffered round one exits at Birmingham in singles and doubles but have done enough for a spot.

Teenager Iga Swiatek from Poland is another wildcard announced for the main draw. She caused issues for Puig and Qiang making the fourth round before falling 6-1 6-0 to Simona Halep. She will be hoping to better he performance from Birmingham where she was blown off the court 6-0 6-2 by Jelena Ostapenko.

In qualifying former finalist from 2011 Sabine Lisicki is there and it would be great to see her back in a main draw after a horror show with injuries.

The name people might not recognise is Coco Gauff. Coco trains at the Mouratoglou Academy in France and recently turned 15. She is highly tipped to go to the top and at Roland Garros made the second round of qualifying there.

Men’s Singles

Marcos Baghdatis
Jay Clarke
Paul Jubb
James Ward
(4 more to be announced)

Men’s Qualifying Singles

Liam Broady
Jack Draper
Nicolas Mahut
Aidy McHugh
Evan Hoyt
Jan Choinski
Chun Hsin Tseng

Paul Jubb is a name not many will now. He is from Hull but has been playing a lot of tennis in the USA and has recently won a top college title there.

James Ward who came through Queens qualifying and ran Gilles Simon close is also back in the main draw having jumped over 300 places in the rankings over the last month or so.

Marcos Baghdatis who has 15 ATP Main Draw wins since the start of 2018 and only 3 main draw wins this year has been given a wildcard. It’s looking like he will retire following the tournament.

Nicolas Mahut who is having a great time at the moment should have been given a main draw wildcard in my opinion but will have to settle for another qualifying spot.

Chun Hsin Tseng is a player unknown as well. He is known as Jason Tseng. The 17 year old has a wildcard for his first qualifying at a major. He ripped up the Junior majors last year winning the French Open, Wimbledon, finalist in Melbourne and semi-finalist in New York and is one to watch out for!

Only half of the wildcards have been announced of yet with the others to be announced in the next week.


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