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Baghdatis handed wildcard

Former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis has been handed a wildcard entry into the men’s singles at Wimbledon, along with a number of British players.

The Cypriot defeated Marinko Matosevic to claim his first singles title since 2010 in the final of the Nottingham Aegon Classic last week.

British duo Dan Evans and James Ward, who both lost at Queen's Club on Tuesday, will also feature in the first round draw at SW19 along with compatriot Dan Cox.

Promising British teenager Kyle Edmund receives a wild card entry for the second year running, despite not falling inside the world's top 250 ranking berths.

The policy of the Lawn Tennis Association is to propose British players ranked 250 or higher in the world, leaving Baghdatis and Edmund, 19, as the exceptions.

Brit Dan Smethurst squeezes in by virtue of sitting 243rd in the world, with two further men's wild card places yet to be confirmed.

British trio Naomi Broady, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray have been handed entries into the ladies' singles draw, with Czech Kristyna Pliskova also on the list.

American prospect Taylor Townsend is yet to receive a wild card entry, despite reaching the girls' juniors finals last year, although there are four further women's wild cards still to be confirmed.

The 18-year-old reached the third round of the French Open and is thought to be in the running to be added to the wild card roster in due course.