British trio handed Queen's wild cards


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British trio Jamie Baker, Oliver Golding and Liam Broady have been handed wild card places for next week's AEGON Championships at The Queen's Club.

The Lawn Tennis Association have awarded the final three places in the traditional Wimbledon warm-up event to the home trio, with Broady making his first ATP Tour-level appearance.

A Wimbledon junior finalist last year, Broady also partnered Josh Ward-Hibbert to the Australian Open junior doubles title earlier this year.

Golding was another player to make a breakthrough in a junior grand slam event when he won last year's US Open boy's singles title, and has since added two Futures Tour titles to his CV.

It will be the world number 487's second successive year competing at Queen's, following last year's defeat to France's Nicolas Mahut.

World number 206 Baker, 25, has also enjoyed success on the Futures Tour this year, winning in Mexico, and has fought back impressively to resume his tour career after contracting a life-threatening virus four years ago.

Leon Smith, head of men's tennis at the LTA, said: "All three players have, in different ways, shown skill and determination to develop their games over the past 12 months, and I am confident they will all look to seize this opportunity to shine at such a prestigious event."