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Wild days over for Bogdanovic

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:36

The 25-year-old made it eight singles losses from eight appearances on Tuesday when he was beaten in straight sets by 20th seed Tomas Berdych.

Paul Annacone, the LTA’s head coach of men’s tennis, said: “Boggo knows the clock is ticking fast and, for Wimbledon, it maybe has stopped for him and he’s in only on his own merits now.”

The LTA’s policy currently means any player ranked inside the world’s top 250 is recommended for a wild card, with the All England Club making the final decision.

And Bogdanovic – ranked 191st – could well meet that criteria again next year.

He was one of six British players beaten in the first round on Tuesday, with only Andy Murray and Elena Baltacha bucking the trend.

Annacone, though, insisted the draw gave the home players little chance of progressing.

He continued: “This year, when you look at the draws that the guys got in particular, it was a bit shocking. I actually thought someone was playing a cruel practical joke when I first saw it.”

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