Norfolk number one Richard Bloomfield keeps Wimbledon play-off hopes alive

Richard Bloomfield taking part in the Aegon British Tour tournament at Easton College. Picture: Deni

Richard Bloomfield taking part in the Aegon British Tour tournament at Easton College. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The latest stage of the Aegon British Tour has brought another tournament win for Norfolk number one Richard Bloomfield – keeping his hopes of a shot at a Wimbledon wildcard alive.

Playing at Edgbaston, the 31-year-old cruised through the draw, beating Harry Skinner 6-4 6-4 in the final.

The former world number 176 is ranked 26 in the British men's singles rankings but could still engineer a fifth Wimbledon campaign of his career through the Aegon British Tour.

The top man and woman in the Tour rankings following the Connaught tournament between May 19 and 24 are offered a wildcard into the LTA Wimbledon Wildcard Play-Offs.

After his latest success Bloomfield sits second in the men's Tour ranking, behind British number 18 Neil Pauffley.

Bloomfield, originally from Alpington near Poringland, said: 'I played consistently well throughout the tournament. If I serve well I usually get the result I am looking for.

'It is always a good feeling to win a tournament at any level.'

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The win, his second on the 2014 tour consolidates his second position on the leaderboard. He is 1100 points behind Pauffley and with 750 points for a tournament win, he is well within touching distance of top spot.

Bloomfield continued: 'The leaderboard is the all important thing. At the end of May whoever is leading will gain a wildcard into the Great Britain qualifying event for Wimbledon.

'It won't be easy but I was looking for a goal this year. If I get into the qualifying event then the competition will be very strong. It will be the top-32 in GB excluding Andy Murray.'

Last year, Bloomfield reached the final of the British Tour Masters after winning three tour events. Next week he continues his challenge at a tour event in Sutton.