June 8, 2009 / 8:24 PM / 10 years ago

Tennis-Briton Robson, 15, handed Wimbledon wildcard

LONDON, June 8 (Reuters) - Britain’s 15-year-old junior Wimbledon champion Laura Robson will be the youngest player to appear in the senior event since Martina Hingis in 1995 after being handed a wildcard on Monday.

Robson is ranked 482nd in the world, well below the Lawn Tennis Association’s wild card cut-off point of 250th, but was given a slot via a clause that allows juniors in under “exceptional circumstances.”

In the men’s draw, former French Open champion Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain was handed a wildcard to the year’s third grand slam along with Britons Alex Bogdanovic, Daniel Evans, Josh Goodall and James Ward, and Bulgarian teenager Grigor Dimitrov.

The tournament begins on June 22.

Reporting by Mitch Phillips, Editing by Ed Osmond. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com

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