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Robson handed wild card

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:33

The 15-year-old was handed a wild card even though her world ranking is below the Lawn Tennis Association’s cut-off point of 250 for such awards.

The LTA made her inclusion possible by adding a special clause to their wild card recommendation policy.

The clause states that, in exceptional circumstances, junior players can be put forward for privileged entries whatever their ranking, which paved the way for Robson’s inclusion.

The starlet, who has a senior ranking of 482, will become the youngest player at Wimbledon since Martina Hingis in 1995.

Also handed wild card entries were British men Alex Bogdanovic, Daniel Evans, Josh Goodall and James Ward, the latter pair having lost in the AEGON Championships at Queen’s Club on Monday.

Robson will be joined in the ladies singles by fellow Britons Elena Baltacha, Katie O’Brien, Melanie South and Georgie Stoop.

Following her stunning victory in the girl’s singles last year as the youngest player in the tournament, Robson would automatically have been given a wild card into qualifying for the main draw.

The teenager continued her grand slam success by reaching the girl’s final at the Australian Open but she was beaten in the second round of the French Open last week.

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