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By Richard Pagliaro | @TennisNow | Wednesday, June 19, 2024


Four former Grand Slam champions headline Wimbledon's list of wild card recipients for The Championships.

Photo credit: Matthew Calvis

The Wimbledon wild card field pops with Grand Slam champions.

Four of the seven Wimbledon ladies' wild card recipients—Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Briton Emma Raducanu and Caroline Wozniacki—are former Grand Slam champions. Osaka, Kerber and Wozniacki each returned to the pro Tour after giving birth.

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Four British women—Francesca Jones, Yuriko Lily Miyazaki, Heather Watson and Raducanu—received main-draw wild cards.

One more women's main-draw wild card will be announced.

All seven announced men's main-draw wild cards were awarded to British players: Liam Broady, Jan Choinski, Jacob Fearnley, Arthur Fery, Billy Harris, Paul Jubb and Henry Searle.

Neither former Wimbledon winner Simona Halep nor 2020 US Open champion Dominic Thiem were granted Wimbledon wild cards. The pair were previously bypassed for Roland Garros wild cards along with Kerber and Wozniacki.

Here's a look at today's wild card announcement for The Championships:

In the 2018 Wimbledon final, Kerber stopped Serena Williams 6-3, 6-3 to capture the Rosewater Dish.

The left-handed German's title run came two years after Serena Williams conquered Kerber, 7-5, 6-3, in the 2016 final collecting her seventh Wimbledon title and 22nd Grand Slam championship to equal Steffi Graf's Open Era record.

Reigning Wimbledon girls’ singles champion Clervie Ngounoue (Clair-vee Goon-away) received a wild card into qualifying.

Last summer, the 17-year-old Ngounoue won the Wimbledon girls’ championship without the loss of a set and achieved the No. 1 junior ranking in the world.

Wimbledon is set for July 1-14th.


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