Former Champ Hewitt, Marathon Man Mahut Get Wimbledon Wildcards

Lleyton Hewitt

Lleyton Hewitt

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  • Five Britons and reigning junior champion given wildcards
  • 2002 winner Lleyton Hewitt playing in his final year on tour

Former champion Lleyton Hewitt and marathon man Nicolas Mahut were among nine players given a wildcard for the Wimbledon Championships today.

Australia’s Hewitt, who won Wimbledon in 2002, will be making his final appearance on the lawns of the All England Club in southwest London. He plans to retire after next year’s Australian Open. The 34-year-old former world No. 1 lost in the opening round of Queen’s earlier this week.

A wildcard gives direct entry into the main singles draw.

Mahut is best-known for playing the longest match in tennis history, an 11-
hour, 5 minute encounter with John Isner of the U.S. in the first round of 2010 Wimbledon, which he ended up losing 70-68 in the final set.

Five British players were given wildcards, including 109th-ranked James Ward, 102nd-ranked Kyle Edmund and world No. 139 Johanna Konta. Estonian teenager Anett Kontaveit and Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko, who won the junior title last year, also received a wildcard each.

Tournament organizers will be announcing the remaining seven wildcards in the next week.

The Wimbledon Championships, where top-ranked Novak Djokovic and second-ranked Petra Kvitova are the defending champions, start June 29.

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