Wimbledon - Watson handed Wimbledon wildcard

Tue, 12 Jun 12:39:00 2012

Heather Watson and Laura Robson are among the wildcards in the women’s draw at Wimbledon.

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Fellow Britons Naomi Broady and Johanna Konta have also been handed first-round places for the Grand Slam which begins on June 25, according to the LTA.

In the men’s draw, Britons Jamie Baker, Oli Golding, Josh Goodall and James Ward have been handed wildcards.

The 2002 champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia and Belgium's David Goffin, the lucky loser who took a set off Roger Federer at the French Open, have also been given wildcards.

Hewitt, 31, has dropped to 176 in the world after career-saving toe surgery in February.

Veteran German Tommy Haas will also feature at the grasscourt tournament after he was included on the list. The last male wildcard and two outstanding women's spots will be announced on Friday.

Virginie Razzano, the Frenchwoman who beat Serena Williams in the first round in Paris, received one of the women's eight wildcards as did Kazakhstan qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova who reached the French quarter-finals after ousting champion Li Na.

The low-ranked British ladies will join top-100 players Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha in the main draw at the All England Club.

British number three Watson impressed in reaching the second round of the French Open at Roland Garros – having come through qualifying – where she lost to Julia Goerges.

By contrast top-ranked Briton Baltacha and number two Keothavong lost in the opening round.

World number four Andy Murray is the only British male to start in the main draw by right.

Ward, Baker and Goodall are ranked British numbers two to four, while 18-year-old former child actor Golding is not in the top 10 yet.

Men's wildcards:

1. Jamie Baker (GBR)

2. David Goffin (BEL)

3. Oliver Golding (GBR)

4. Josh Goodall (GBR)

5. Tommy Haas (GER)

6. Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)

7. James Ward (GBR)

8. To be announced

Women's wildcards:

1. Naomi Broady (GBR)

2. Johanna Konta (GBR)

3. Virginie Razzano (FRA)

4. Laura Robson (GBR)

5. Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)

6. Heather Watson (GBR)

7. To be announced

8. To be announced

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  1. The Great British wildcard, giving British tennis flops­ their only ever possible chance of an appearance at a­ GS for years!

    From , on Wed 13 Jun 14:52
  2. M, the same has happened to me several times lately.­ Technical problems are probably the cause of this and­ people aren't perfect. Happily, now this site and­ forum seem to be working and let's hope it­ continues that way. On the topic, I am happy for every­ wild card recipient, getting a chance to justify­ themselves on the grass courts of Wimbledon. For some­ it's the chance of a lifetime, and the tennis world­ doesn't ony consist of professionals and champions.­ Most tennis players are small fry but still the are­ part of this great game!

    From HsSimon, on Wed 13 Jun 11:51
  3. #2 Richard. "Once a players­ gets to 21 he is­ unlikely to improve." Why do other players like­ Nadal, Djokovic, Sharapova etc get better after they­ turn 21? Because they continue to practice. Even­ English wild cards can practice to improve. Read­ "Bounce" by Matthew Syed if you want to know­ about learning.

    From martinp, on Tue 12 Jun 23:19
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    Watson? Wasn't she Harry Potter's sidekick?­ Done well to move out of acting and get good at tennis­ so quickly.

    From martinp, on Tue 12 Jun 23:15
  5. # 12, GREAT POINT

    From courtney, on Tue 12 Jun 20:06
  6. I think of all the wild cards awarded the most­ deserving recipients are Hewitt and Haas, and on the­ women's side Razzano.

    From HotRedClay, on Tue 12 Jun 19:30

    From COLIN, on Tue 12 Jun 18:57
  8. Maybe if you get a wildcard but your rating doesn't­ improve much in a year then it should goto someone who­ has never had one. Basically the vast majority of Brtis­ who get them are going out in Round One so a younger­ might as well get experience. I read a stat that only 2­ men over the age of 25 have gone on to win their first­ slam.

    From RL, on Tue 12 Jun 18:30
  9. Sara_jane is going to lpve me for this! WATSON WILL­ WIN WIMBLEDON ???

    From courtney, on Tue 12 Jun 16:56
  10. @ Richard: Yes, I kind of get what you're saying,­ but it's all relative! I don't think though­ that 21 is past the point where they can make changes.

    From M, on Tue 12 Jun 16:35
  11. What i mean is a 19 year old rated around 400 has more­ chance of reaching the top 100 than an older player­ rated around 200. The younger players have more­ improvement in them.

    From RL, on Tue 12 Jun 16:14
  12. Yahoo needs to get its technical problems sorted-out,­ otherwise people will stop using this facility. Comment­ pages keep disappearing! It's been noted by many­ others too...

    From M, on Tue 12 Jun 15:43
  13. @ Richard: 'Once a player gets to 21 he is unlikely­ to improve??' You CANNOT be SERIOUS! So it's­ all over by the time they reach 21 then? LOL.

    From M, on Tue 12 Jun 15:36
  14. Where is Bogdanovic's Wild Card? He has an­ excellent record at Wimbledon! :D

    From RL, on Tue 12 Jun 15:07
  15. It's a bit concerning that Laura Robson, four years­ after lifting the junior title, still needs a wildcard­ to qualify for the main draw.

    From , on Tue 12 Jun 15:06
  16. Just as well they got wildcards as they probably­ wouldn't make it through qualifying.

    From , on Tue 12 Jun 15:00
  17. Would rather see wild cards give to the younger british­ players. Maybe the highest ranked and then the next­ three highest ranked under 21 year olds. Once a players­ gets to 21 he is unlikely to improve where it would be­ great experience for the younger players

    From RL, on Tue 12 Jun 14:21
  18. I should think so too!

    From Andrew, on Tue 12 Jun 14:09
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