Alfie Hewett earns wildcard for inaugural wheelchair singles at Wimbledon

Alfie Hewett in action in the Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles during day 12 of the Wimbledon Champion

Alfie Hewett in action in the Wheelchair Gentlemen's Doubles during day 12 of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Norfolk's Alfie Hewett will return to Wimbledon this year after being handed a wildcard for the first ever wheelchair singles tournament at SW19.

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The 18-year-old City College Norwich student made his debut at the All England Club last year, finishing fourth in the doubles when playing with Belgium's Joachim Gerard.

Hewett, from Cantley, near Acle, is up to a career-high world singles ranking of 11th after winning the Korea Open earlier this month and is ranked fifth in the doubles.

This year's tournament begins on Monday, June 27 and concludes on Sunday, July 10.

The youngster used his @AlfieHewett6 Twitter account to say: 'Very happy to announce that I'll be back playing at Wimbledon this year after getting the wildcard.


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'It's an honour to play this event and join the other competitors in playing singles for the very first time in wheelchair tennis history.

'Thank you Tennis Foundation for giving me the support, and to all my sponsors, family and friends for making it possible. Let's make history.'

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