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Marcos Baghdatis looks for another big run at Wimbledon.

Wimbledon Announces Initial Wild Cards

Baghdatis receives singles spot, Hewitt to play doubles

Need proof that Wimbledon wild cards can make an impact at SW19? Just look at 2001 champion Goran Ivanisevic.

The initial wild card recipients for this year's edition of The Championships will hope to follow in the Croatian's footsteps. Former Top 10 player and 2006 semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis leads the way, along with a trio of Brits in James Ward, Jay Clarke and this year’s NCAA champion Paul Jubb.

The 34-year-old Baghdatis also reached the quarter-finals in 2007. #NextGenATP Brit Clarke won his first two ATP Challenger Tour titles in the past 12 months and climbed over 50 spots in the ATP Rankings. Ward came through qualifying this week at the Fever-Tree Championships and pushed Gilles Simon to a final-set tie-break. Jubb won the NCAA singles title this May for the University of South Carolina.

Five doubles teams also made the early wild card list. Former World No. 1 and 2002 singles champion Lleyton Hewitt headlines the pack with fellow Aussie Jordan Thompson.

Qualifying action starts next week and six of the eight wild cards for qualifying have been filled. Grass-court specialist and 2016 Wimbledon doubles champion Nicolas Mahut leads the way, along with last year’s boys’ singles champion, Chun-hsin Tseng, who represents Chinese Taipei.

The remaining main draw wild cards will be announced next week. Click here for the current list.

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