June 7, 2010 / 8:05 PM / 9 years ago

Kiefer and Nishikori among Wimbledon wildcards

Japan's Kei Nishikori returns to Austria's Jurgen Melzer's during their match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne January 20, 2009. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany’s Nicolas Kiefer and Kei Nishikori of Japan have been handed Wimbledon wildcards, organisers said on Monday.

They will be joined in the June 21-July 4 tournament by British number three Jamie Baker and Russian duo Teimuraz Gabashvili and 2009 Wimbledon junior champion Andrey Kuznetsov.

Kiefer, a quarter-finalist in the grand slam event in 1997, is ranked 181st in the world and Nishikori is 201st.

There was no place for British number two Alex Bogdanovic, who is ranked 166th in the world and has received eight previous wildcards for the tournament without going past the first round.

In the women’s singles, British quartet Katie O’Brien, Melanie South, U.S. Open girls champion Heather Watson and 2008 Wimbledon girls champion Laura Robson received wildcards.

Three places in the men’s singles and four places in the women’s are still to be announced.

Reporting by Neil Maidment, editing by Tony Jimenez

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