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Wimbledon 2023 Wildcards – Who Got the Invite

July 11 Update – Svitolina stuns world No. 1 Swiatek, to make it to the semifinals

Elina Svitolina made a huge upset by defeating world No. 1 Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals to make it her second Wimbledon and fourth Grand Slam semifinal. The Ukrainian won 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 in 2 hours and 51 minutes of play. She will play Marketa Vondrousova in the semifinals and leads 3-2 in the head to head matches against the player from the Czech Republic.

July 9 Update – Svitolina survives a thriller to move on to the quarterfinals

Elina Svitolina, the only wildcard left at the tournament, is through to the quarterfinals after a 2-6 6-4 7-6 (11-9) win over former world No. 1, Victoria Azarenka. The match to remember lasted 2 hours and 49 minutes and ended with Svitolina’s ace. The Ukrainian, who reached the semifinals in 2019, will not play world No. 1, Iga Swiatek in the quarterfinals.

July 8 Update – Boulter is out after losing to the defending champion Rybakina

Katie Boulter
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Katie Boulter is eliminated in the round of 16 after losing 6-1, 6-1 to Elena Rybakina. The Wimbledon defending champion was furious and went past the wildcard after only 58 minutes of play. However, Boulter had an excellent tournament reaching the third round at Wimbledon for the second straight year.

July 7 Update – Svitolina moves on to the round of 16

The Ukrainian Elina Svitolina is heading to the round of 16 after a 7-6, 6-2 win over Sofia Kenin. The 2019 Wimbledon semifinalist had control throughout the match, including the first set tie break, which ended 7-3 in her favor. The 28-year-old will play the 19th seed Victoria Azarenka in the next round. In the women’s tournament, Katie Boulder will take on the defending champion Elena Rybakina in the third round tomorrow.

Liam Broady and David Goffin, the last two wildcards standing in the men’s event, were eliminated today. Broady, who stunned world No. 4 Casper Ruud in the second round, lost to Denis Shapovalov, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5, 7-5 in the third round. Goffin also won just a set in a 6-3, 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 loss to the world No. 7 Andrey Rublev.

July 6 Update – Four wildcards standing strong in the main draw

Liam Broady’s win over world No. 4 Casper Ruud is one of the highlights of Day 4 at Wimbledon. The world No. 142 came back after being 2-1 down to dominate the final two sets for a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-0. This is the biggest win in Broady’s career and he will take on Denis Shapovalov in the third round.

David Goffin is also through to the third round after the former world No. 7 beat Tomas Barrios Vera 7-6, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. The Belgian will play Andrey Rublev in the third round.

The two remaining wildcards in the men’s event were eliminated today. Jan Choinski lost 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 to Hubert Hurkacz, while Arthur Fils failed 7-6, 6-1, 6-2 to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

In the ladies’ event, both remaining wildcards are through to the third round. Katie Boulter defeated Viktoriya Tomova 6-0, 3-6, 6-3. In the next round, the 26-year-old will face the defending champion Elena Rybakina. Elina Svitolina defeated Elise Mertens 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 and will play Sofia Kenin in the next round.

July 5 Update – Katie Boulter advances to the third round

World No. 89, Katie Boulter advances to Wimbledon’s second round after a 7-6, 6-2 win over Daria Saville from Australia. The match lasted just short of the two hours mark, and Boulter won 75% of the points on her first serve, which proved to be key in the match. In the second round, Boulter will play Victoriya Tomova from Bulgaria, who is currently ranked No. 99 in the world. This will be their second head-to-head match after Tomova won in Suzhou in 2018.

The remaining six wildcard players who took the courts today are eliminated. World No. 108 Jodie Burrage had no chance against Darya Kasatkina, losing 6-0, 6-2. Heather Watson also lost in straight sets, 6-2, 7-5, to the 10th seed Barbora Krejcikova while Sonay Kartal lost 6-0, 6-3 to Madison Keys.

In the gentlemen’s tournament, Arthur Fery had no chance against the third seed Daniil Medvedev losing 7-5, 6-4, 6-3. George Loffhagen also had a chance to play against a Top 10 player, losing to the sixth seed, Holger Rune, by 7-6, 6-3, 6-2. The Austrian Sebastian Ofner lost three times by 6-4  to Jiri Lehecka.

Yesterday, Ryan Peniston played against the two-time Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray, losing 6-3, 6-0, 6-1.

July 3 Update – Successful Start for the Wildcards

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The first day of the Wimbledon main draw has been very successful for the wildcards. A total of five players who got the invitation move on to the second round.

Liam Broady played one of the best matches in his Grand Slam career, defeating world No. 74 Constant Lestienne in straight sets – 6-1, 6-3, 7-5. The 29-year-old Broady will face the fourth seed Casper Ruud in the second round.

Jan Choinski is also through after a 5-7, 7-6, 6-2, 6-2 win over Serbian Dusan Lajovic. This was the first-ever Wimbledon win for Choinski, who will take on former semifinalist and 17th seed Hubert Hurkacz in the second round.

Former world No. 7 David Goffin is also in the second round. The Belgian should have played Nick Kyrgios in the opening round, but after his withdrawal, Goffin faced Fabian Marozsan. The Hungarian shocked the tennis world earlier this season by defeating Carlos Alcaraz in Rome but had no chance against Goffin, who won 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, 6-0. Goffin, who is currently 123rd in the world, will face Tomas Barrios Vera in the second round.

In the ladies’ event, Jodie Burrage is in the second round after a 6-1, 6-3 win over Catherine McNally. The 24-year-old will face the 11th seed Darya Kasatkina in the next round.

In the match between two wildcards, Elena Svitolina defeated the five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams, 6-3, 6-4. The Ukrainian will play Elise Mertens in the second round.

Harriet Dart and Katie Swan are eliminated on the opening day of the tournament. Dart lost 6-7, 6-0, 6-4 to Diane Parry, while Swan failed 7-5, 6-2 to Belinda Bencic.

Eight wildcard players will take on the Wimbledon courts on Day 2.

June 29 Update – Harris and Brogan Fail Short in the Final Qualifying Round

Billy Harris and Anna Brogan lost in the third and last qualifying round at Wimbledon.

Harris played quite well against the world No. 156 Hamad Medjenovic from Serbia but lost in straight sets 6-4, 7-6, 6-4 for 2 hours and 10 minutes on the court. Medjenovic served excellent throughout the entire match, winning 90% of the points on his first serve and did not allow any break points to Harris.

Brogan had no chance against the world No. 191, Bain Zhouxuan from China, losing 6-3, 6-0 in 61 minutes. Brogan hit only 56% of her first serve and had no break points in the match.

Harris and Brogan hope that their Wimbledon dream may continue if they eventually get into the main draw as lucky losers.

June 28 Update – Harris and Brogan Move to the Final

Qualifying Round

Only two of the six qualifying wildcards won on Day 3 and will advance to the third and final qualifying round.

Billy Harris had an amazing performance today, coming back from a set down against Hugo Gaston. The Frenchman, who is ranked 137th in the world, won the opener 6-2, but Harris managed to win the next two sets, 7-6, 6-4, to move forward. The world No. 364 will play Hamad Medjenovic in the third qualifying round. The Serbian is ranked 156th in the world and is only 19 years old. This will be the second match between the two after Medjenovic won 6-3, 6-2 last year in the futures competition.

Anna Brogan is the only player from the women’s qualifying tournament to be a match away from the main draw as a wildcard. The 25-year-old defeated Diana Shnaider, 6-3, 7-6. In the third qualifying round, she will play the world No. 191 Bain Zhouxuan from China, which will be their first match against each other.

The other five qualifying wildcards finished their participation in the second round.

In the men’s event, Johannus Monday lost 6-3, 6-7, 2-6 to Radu Albot from Moldova. Charles Broom had no chance against Denis Novak, failing 6-3, 6-4. Toby Samuel won the first set against Sho Shimabukuro from Japan, but lost at the end, 7-5, 1-6, 4-6.

In the women’s event, Naiktha Bains lost 6-3, 3-6, 2-6 to Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland.

June 27 Update – Bains and Brogan Move Forward to the Second Qualifying Round

Naiktha Bains and Anna Brogan are the only wildcards from the women’s qualifying tournament to move forward to the second round.

The 25-year-old Baines defeated Katarina Zavatska from Ukraine 4-6, 6-2, 6-3. Bains, who is currently 311th in the WTA rankings, will play Viktorija Golubic from Switzerland in the second round. Golubic is 30 years old and is currently ranked at No. 138.

Brogan also came back from a set down to advance. She defeated Victoria Kasintseva Jimenez from Andorra, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. In the second round, Brogan will play the world No. 98, Diana Shnaider.

The remaining six wildcards from the women’s qualifying draw lost their matches and finished this year’s Wimbledon in the opening qualifying round.

Emily Appleton started well, winning the opening set but still failed short 4-6, 7-6, 6-4 to Carol Zhao from Canada, who is 166th in the world.

The American wildcard Liv Hovde lost 7-5, 6-2 to the above mentioned, Diana Shnaider. Hannah Klugman also lost in straight sets, 6-1, 7-6 to Reka Luca Jani from Hungary, who is 155th in the world.

Isabelle Lacy lost to the world No. 161, Elena Gabriela Ruse from Romania by 7-5, 6-2. Eden Silva had no chance against Julia Riera from Argentina, losing 6-3, 6-3.

The 15-year-old Minnge Xu also finished her participation in the opening round, losing 7-5, 6-4 to Storm Hunter from Australia.

Tomorrow, Charles Broom, Billy Harris, Johannus Monday and Toby Samuel will play their second round matches in the men’s qualyfing tournament.

June 26 Update – Four Singles Wildcard Qualifiers Moves to the Second Round

The opening day of the qualifying tournament saw all nine men’s singles wildcards on the court, and four of them had a successful day moving forward to the second round.

Charles Broom defeated world No. 235, Andrea Giannesi, 6-4, 6-7, 6-3. Despite the lower ranking, the 25-year-old was the favorite in this one and moves forward to face the Austrian Denis Novak in the second round, who is ranked 159th in the world.

Billy Harris also needed three sets to advance. The 28-year-old came back against world No. 161 Alexander Ritschard from Switzerland, winning by 5-7, 7-6, 6-2. He will play the 25th seed Hugo Gaston from France, who is ranked 137th in the world.

Johannus Monday also came back from a set down to win against another wildcard Mili Poljicak from Croatia, 3-6, 7-6, 6-3. Monday will play the fifth seed Radu Albot from Moldova, who is ranked 106th in the world.

Toby Samuel had the easiest win in the opening qualifying round, defeating Antoine Bellier from Switzerland, 6-4, 7-6. Samuel will face Sho Shimabukuro from Japan, who is ranked at No. 162.

The rest of the men’s singles qualifying wildcards finished their Wimbledon appearance in the opening round. Daniel Cox was so close to moving forward but ended up losing to the Italian Federico Gaio, who is 219th in the world by 2-6, 7-6, 7-5.

Stuart Parker also took the opener but failed to close out the match. He lost 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 to James Duckworth from Australia, who is ranked 109th in the world.

The 18-year-old Luca Pow had no chance against world no. 153 Gijs Brouwer from Netherlands, who won 6-3, 6-1. Harry Wendelken failed 6-3, 7-6 to the Italian Matteo Gigante, who is 254th in the world.

Day 2 of the qualifiers will feature eight wildcards in the ladies’ qualifying tournaments.

Wimbledon Wildcards

The 2023 Wimbledon begins with the qualifying tournament that will take place from June 26 to May 30. The main draw starts on July 3 and will finish with the men’s final scheduled for July 16. On behalf of Championships Referee Gerry Armstrong, the Wimbledon wildcards have been announced.

Wimbledon 2023 Wildcards - Who Got the Invite
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What is a Wildcard and how does it work?

The wildcards are players whose ranking is not high enough to automatically qualify for the Wimbledon Championships but are accepted into the main draw or the qualifying tournament at the discretion of the Wimbledon Committee.

Wimbledon usually allocated wildcards based on past performance at Wimbledon or to increase British interest. Wildcards have been given at Wimbledon since 1977, and since 2003 some singles wild cards have been determined by competition. Unlike Roland Garros, where all the wildcards were given to French players, at Wimbledon, there are also international players included.

Goran Ivanisevic is the only wildcard player that has won the singles event. He played three times in the final before, but in 2001, he was the 125th player in the ATP rankings and got into the tournament with a wildcard. Serena and Venus Williams won the ladies’ doubles tournament as wildcards twice, in 2002 and two years later. In 2012, Jonathan Marray and Frederik Nielsen became the first wildcard to win the gentlemen’s doubles title.

Wimbledon ATP Wildcards Main Draw

Liam Broady

Country: Great Britain   Age: 29   Current/highest ranking: 147/116

Jan Choinski

Country: Great Britain   Age: 27   Current/highest ranking: 167/167

Arthur Fery

Country: Great Britain   Age: 20   Current/highest ranking: 389/386

Arthur Fils

Country: France   Age: 19   Current/highest ranking: 58/58

David Goffin

Country: Belgium   Age: 32   Current/highest ranking: 123/7

George Loffhagen

Country: Great Britain   Age: 22   Current/highest ranking: 367/364

Sebastian Ofner

Country: Austria   Age: 27   Current/highest ranking: 69/69

Ryan Peniston

Country: Great Britain   Age: 27   Current/highest ranking: 267/123

Wimbledon WTA Wildcards Main Draw

Katie Boulter

Country: Great Britain   Age: 26   Current/highest ranking: 88/77

Joddie Burrage

Country: Great Britain   Age: 24   Current/highest ranking: 128/106

Harrier Dart

Country: Great Britain   Age: 26   Current/highest ranking: 142/84

Sonay Kartal

Country: Great Britain   Age: 22   Current/highest ranking: 264/195

Elina Svitolina

Country: Ukraine   Age: 28   Current/highest ranking: 75/3

Katie Swan

Country: Great Britain   Age: 24   Current/highest ranking: 146/118

Heather Watson

Country: Great Britain   Age: 31   Current/highest ranking: 149/38

Venus Williams

Country: USA   Age: 43   Current/highest ranking: 554/1

Wimbledon ATP Wildcards Singles Qualifying Tournament

Charles Broom

Country: Great Britain   Age: 25   Current/highest ranking: 374/352

Daniel Cox

Country: Great Britain   Age: 32   Current/highest ranking: 423/206

Billy Harris

Country: Great Britain   Age: 28   Current/highest ranking: 346/290

Johannus Monday

Country: Great Britain   Age: 21   Current/highest ranking: 573/531

Stuart Parker

Country: Great Britain   Age: 25   Current/highest ranking: 425/346

Mili Poljicak

Country: Croatia   Age:    Current/highest ranking: 666/462

Luca Pow

Country: Great Britain   Age: 18   Current/highest ranking: Unranked

Toby Samuel

Country: Great Britain   Age: 20   Current/highest ranking: 543/531

Harry Wendelken

Country: Great Britain   Age: 21   Current/highest ranking: 514/499

Wimbledon WTA Wildcards Singles Qualifying Tournament

Emili Appleton

Country: Great Britain   Age: 23   Current/highest ranking: 392/390

Naiktha Bains

Country: Great Britain   Age: 25   Current/highest ranking: 311/199

Anna Brogan

Country: Great Britain   Age: 25   Current/highest ranking: 370/303

Liv Hovde

Country: USA   Age: 17   Current/highest ranking: 278/277

Hannah Klugman

Country: Great Britain   Age: 15   Current/highest ranking: Unranked

Isabelle Lacy

Country: Great Britain   Age: 16   Current/highest ranking: 594/594

Eden Silva

Country: Great Britain   Age: 27   Current/highest ranking: 391/298

Mingge Xu

Country: Great Britain   Age: 15   Current/highest ranking: Unranked/1,033


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