Baghdatis, Brits handed wild cards

  • Last Updated: June 11 2014, 15:46 BST

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis leads the cast of Wimbledon wild card entries, with British hopes Dan Evans, James Ward and Dan Cox included.

Marcos Baghdatis: Given a wild card for Wimbledon
Marcos Baghdatis: Given a wild card for Wimbledon

Promising British teenager Kyle Edmund receives a wild card entry for the second year running, despite not falling inside the world's top 250 ranking berths.

The policy of the Lawn Tennis Association is to propose British players ranked 250 or higher in the world, leaving Cypriot Baghdatis and 19-year-old Edmund the exceptions.

Brit Dan Smethurst squeezes in by virtue of sitting 243rd in the world, with two further wild card places yet to be confirmed for the men's singles.

Baghdatis saw off Marinko Matosevic to claim his first singles title since 2010 with victory in Nottingham's Aegon Trophy event last week.

Edmund will be playing his second Wimbledon having lost to eventual semi-finalist Jerzy Janowicz in round one last year.

Since then he's added Greg Rusedski as his coach and is looking forward to using his experience in the weeks ahead.

He said: "I'm very happy to have been given a second wild card for a second consecutive year. It's very special to play the most prestigious tournament in the world and I can't wait to get out there.

"I've got Greg in my corner this year which will add a new dimension to my preparation. I've really enjoyed working with him over the last few weeks. He's been giving me some really good things to work on and with his experience of playing at Wimbledon he'll really be able to help me get ready for the occasion."

British trio Naomi Broady, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray have been handed entries into the ladies' singles draw, with Czech Kristyna Pliskova, another winner in Nottingham, also on the list.

There are four further women's singles wild cards yet to be confirmed.

British duo Heather Watson and Johanna Konta are direct entries through ranking.

American prospect Taylor Townsend is yet to receive a wild card entry, despite reaching the girls' final last year.

The 18-year-old reached the third round of the French Open, and is thought to be in the running to be added to the wild card roster in due course.

Last year's girls' tournament winner Belinda Bencic has already qualified on ranking.


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