Wild-card place for Lee

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Martin Lee and Jamie Delgado have been given two of the last three wild- card places in the men's singles for Wimbledon.

Lee, the 19-year-old left-hander who reached the third round of the Stella Artois tournament this week, was also given a wild card in the men's doubles with James Trotman. Filip Dewulf, the Belgian player who reached the semi- finals of the French Open, has been given the last spot in the men's singles.

Lorna Woodroffe was awarded a wild card in the women's singles, along with the American Gigi Fernandez, while Claire Taylor and Jo Ward were given the last place in the doubles.

Wild cards are extremely rewarding, for even first-round losers in the men's singles this year each receive pounds 6,225, while first-round losers in the women's singles collect pounds 4,825.

WIMBLEDON WILD CARDS (GB unless stated) Men's singles: M Petchey, C Wilkinson, A Richardson, D Sapsford, L Milligan, M Lee, J Delgado, F DeWulf (Bel). Men's singles qualifying: P Cash (Aus). Women's singles: S Smith, S-A Siddall, C Taylor, L Ahl, J Pullin, C Wood, L Woodroffe, G Fernandez (US). Men's doubles: Petchey & Richardson, Sapsford & Wilkinson, Delgado & A Foster, Lee & J Trotman, B Cowan & N Weal, J Siemerink (Neth) & J Stoltenberg (Aus). Women's doubles: Pullin & Woodroffe, Siddall & A Wainwright, Smith & O Barabanschikova (Bela), Taylor & J Ward.

n Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Boris Becker, both searching for their first title of the year, will meet in the semifinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, today. The top-seeded Russian beat Germany's Michael Stich 7-6, 6-7, 6-3, while fourth-seeded Becker sailed past American Jeff Tarango 6-4, 6-2. Petr Korda made Austria's Thomas Muster the latest upset victim at the tournament. The Czech won a battle of left-handers against the second seed, 6-3, 6-4.