Teenager Kyle Edmund handed Wimbledon wild card

 

Twenty-four hours after he talked about his dream of playing at the All England Club, Kyle Edmund learned he had been handed a wild card into the main draw at Wimbledon, which begins on Monday week.

June 2013 will live long in Edmund's memory. Five days ago, the 18-year-old from Yorkshire became the first Briton to win a French Open title for 31 years when he won the boys' doubles. On Tuesday, he made his debut on the main men's tour, losing here in two tight sets to Slovenia's Grega Zemlja, after which he said it would be "unbelievable" to play at SW19.

Edmund, who has already won a Futures tournament and stands at No 444 in the rankings, was one of two British men to receive a wild card, along with world No 215 James Ward.

Wild cards were also given to France's Nicolas Mahut and Australia's Matthew Ebden. France's Gaël Monfils, bizarrely, said that he had asked for a wild card and then withdrawn his request and would not be playing at the All England Club for "personal reasons" – despite the fact that he had a good French Open and is through to the quarter-finals in Halle this week.

Four more men's wild cards will be awarded this week, but it seems unlikely that any will go to Britons.

Laura Robson and Heather Watson will play at Wimbledon by dint of their world rankings and five more British women – all of them ranked in the world's top 250 – will join them after receiving wild cards. They are Johanna Konta, Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray.

Following Wimbledon's 40 per cent increase in prize money, a place in the main draw will be a major boost to the finances of most of the British players. Losers in the first round of the singles will receive prize money of £23,500 this year.

Robson, Watson and Konta all lost on a disappointing day for British players at the Aegon Classic at Edgbaston. Robson was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova, Watson lost 6-4, 6-3 to Russia's Alla Kudryavtseva and Konta went down 6-4, 6-1 to France's Kristina Mladenovic.

There was good news, however, with the announcement that Aegon, the financial services firm, has extended its deal as "lead partner" with the LTA for another four years. The original contract was reported to be worth more than £25m over five years. Under the new deal the company will continue to sponsor the Davis Cup and Fed Cup teams and will remain as title sponsor of the major grass-court events in the build-up to Wimbledon.

BUY WIMBLEDON TICKETS

Suggested Topics
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

John Palmer: 'Goldfinger' of British crime was murdered, say police

Murder of the Brink’s-MAT mastermind

'Goldfinger' of British crime's life ended in a blaze of bullets, say police
Forget little green men - aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert

Forget little green men

Leading evolutionary biologist says aliens will look like humans
The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: An Algerian scientist adjusts to life working in a kebab shop

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

An Algerian scientist struggles to adjust to her new life working in a Scottish kebab shop
Bodyworlds museum: Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy

Dying dream of Doctor Death

Dr Gunther von Hagens has battled legal threats, Parkinson's disease, and the threat of bankruptcy
UK heatwave: Temperature reaches 39.8 degrees on Central Line - the sweatiest place in London

39.8 degrees recorded on Tube

There's hot (London) and too damn hot (the Underground). Simon Usborne braved the Central line to discover what its passengers suffer
Kitchens go hi-tech: From robot chefs to recipe-shopping apps, computerised cooking is coming

Computerised cooking is coming

From apps that automatically make shopping lists from your recipe books to smart ovens and robot chefs, Kevin Maney rounds up innovations to make your mouth water
Jessie Cave interview: The Harry Potter star has published a feminist collection of cartoons

Jessie Cave's feminist cartoons

The Harry Potter star tells Alice Jones how a one-night stand changed her life
Football Beyond Borders: Even the most distruptive pupils score at homework club

Education: Football Beyond Borders

Add football to an after-school homework club, and even the naughtiest boys can score
10 best barbecue books

Fire up the barbie: 10 best barbecue books

We've got Bibles to get you grilling and smoking like a true south American pro
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon Files

Junk balls and chop and slice are only way 5ft 1in Kurumi Nara can live with Petra Kvitova’s power
Ron Dennis exclusive: ‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

‘This is one of the best McLaren teams ever – we are going to do it’

Ron Dennis shrugs off a poor start to the season in an exclusive interview, and says the glory days will come back
Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most