Katie Boulter ready to further her Wimbledon experience with wildcard place

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Britain's Katie Boulter celebrates after winning her second round match against Alison Riske of the U.S. (Action Images via Reuters)
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Leicester ace Katie Boulter wants to build on past Wimbledon experiences after receiving a main draw wildcard from the All England Club.

Boulter, who is on the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme - the highest level of support for players aged 16-24 - has played at Wimbledon three times previously, reaching the second round in 2018 and 2021.

And, having found out she received a wildcard just moments before a shock win over Alison Riske at the LTA’s Rothesay Classic Birmingham, she is targeting more memorable moments at SW19.

Boulter commented: “I actually found out one minute before I went onto the court. I was scrolling through Twitter and found out I got a wildcard, I feel that maybe I was drawing on that today. I’m so excited. I can’t even express the words. I’ve already got so many great memories there [Wimbledon] and hopefully I can bring some more for sure.

“To have a home crowd really get stuck into it, it helps me, it lifts me and I feel like they’re the matches I live for and I train for. That’s exactly why I’m out there.”

Injuries have plagued Boulter in recent years and have once again affected her this season, with the 25-year-old forced to miss most of the clay court season.

However, having regained fitness, she is now approaching Wimbledon and the rest of the season with less pressure - and a sense of fun.

“I think these past few years have taught me a lot, where I just want to go out there, smile, have fun and maybe not take it a little too seriously. I think that really works for my game,” she said.

“Having gone through a lot of pain off the court, through injuries and what have you, I think it’s a change of perspective for me. To be someone who is a fighter, that is my best attribute and I know I can draw on that when I need to.

“I think a lot of it is a perspective change from the past few things that have happened to me.”

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