Final Wimbledon wild cards not handed to Britons

Wimbledon club officials have decided against handing any late wild cards to British players for the upcoming Championships.

Eight British players, including Laura Robson, Heather Watson and James Ward, have already been handed places in the first round of the singles.

Yesterday the Wimbledon referee's office announced the complete list, with two named players added to both the men's and women's singles line-up and the eighth and final slots in each draw going to the highest-ranked players who missed out on automatic inclusion.

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Those final places could have gone to British players, such as Alex Bogdanovic or Oli Golding, the 17-year-old who reached the boys' singles semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, but they have to be satisfied with wild cards for the qualifying tournament.

Wimbledon referee Andrew Jarrett said: "There were many options open to the tennis committee but we have a lot of respect for people who have gained their world rankings."

Germany's Sabine Lisicki, a Wimbledon quarter-finalist two years ago, was handed a wild card after reaching the final of the AEGON Classic at Edgbaston.

Greece's Eleni Daniilidou, who won the grass-court tournament in Nottingham a week ago, also gets a wild card.

Israel's Dudi Sela, 26, is handed a place in the men's draw having won one of the two events in Nottingham, as was Luxembourg's Gilles Muller.