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Wimbledon | Jubb, the NCAA champion realises dream

Fourteen British players will feature in the main draw at Wimbledon, including six in the men’s, four in the women’s and four in the wheelchair competitions.

I’m beyond happy to be given this amazing opportunity to play my first Wimbledon. I want to thank the LTA for all the support and everyone else who has been on this journey with me. As a young lad growing up in Hull it was big dream to get to SW19. Now it’s about to come true. Paul Jubb

Four players in the main draws and five in qualifying are part of the LTA’s Pro Scholarship Programme – the support system tailored for players aged 16 to 24 who have the greatest potential to reach the Top 100 within five years.

Jay Clarke (Derby), Paul Jubb (Hull) and James Ward (London) have all been given wildcards into the men’s main draw.

Jubb has gained prominence in 2019 after winning the NCAA Championship in the US in May, and performing well on grass in Surbiton, Nottingham and Ilkley.

The 19-year-old said: “I’m beyond happy to be given this amazing opportunity to play my first Wimbledon. I want to thank the LTA for all the support and everyone else who has been on this journey with me. As a young lad growing up in Hull it was big dream to get to SW19. Now it’s about to come true.”

Jubb, Clarke and Ward will take their places alongside Kyle Edmund (Hull), Cameron Norrie (London) and Dan Evans (Birmingham) who all qualify through direct acceptance.

In the women’s draw, Jo Konta (Eastbourne) is a direct ranking acceptance, while Heather Watson (Guernsey), Harriet Dart (Hampstead) and Katie Swan (Bristol) have been given wildcards into the main draw.

Jan Choinski, Liam Broady (Manchester), Evan Hoyt (Cardiff), Jack Draper (Sutton) and Aidan McHugh (Glasgow) have all been given wildcards into the men’s qualifying event at the Bank of England Sports Ground in Roehampton (24-27 June).

Naiktha Bains (Leeds) will feature in the women’s qualifying tournament as a direct acceptance, while Katy Dunne (Hemel Hempstead), Maia Lumsden (Stirling), Francesca Jones (Bradford) and Emma Raducanu (Bromley) and Gabi Taylor (Southampton) have also been given wildcards to qualify.

In addition, 16 men and 16 women will compete at the Wimbledon qualifying wild card play-offs (at Aorangi Park on 20-21 June) to earn two additional places in the qualifying draw.

Leon Smith, LTA Head of Men’s Tennis, said: “Myself and Iain Bates, LTA Head of Women’s Tennis, would like to express our gratitude to the All England Club for giving our players the opportunity to show what they can do on the biggest stage of all.”




Men’s doubles wildcards have been given to Dan Evans and Lloyd Glasspool (Worcester), James Ward and Jay Clarke, Liam Broady and Scott Clayton (Jersey). Ken Skupski (Liverpool) has also been given a wildcard and will partner Australian JP Smith.

Women’s doubles wildcards have gone to Naiktha Bains and Naomi Broady (Manchester), Freya Christie (Nottingham) and Katie Swan, and Beth Grey (Liverpool) and Eden Silva (Southend).

Direct acceptances into the doubles main draw will be announced in due course.




Alfie Hewett (direct acceptance), Gordon Reid (WC) and Andy Lapthorne (WC) are all in the main draw for both the men’s wheelchair singles and doubles. Lapthorne will compete in the quad wheelchair competition.

Ten-time Grand Slam winner Jordanne Whiley will play in the both the women’s wheelchair singles and doubles competitions. It will be Whiley’s first Wimbledon since giving birth last year, and she has been given a wildcard.




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