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Australia's Ebden handed men's wildcard for Wimbledon

MATTHEW Ebden earned $A13,000 for beating Benjamin Becker 7-5 4-6 7-5 in the final of an ATP Challenger tournament at Nottingham last weekend.

The Aussie will pick up a minimum $38,830 at this month's Wimbledon championship after receiving one of four men's singles wildcards handed out yesterday by the All England Club.

Ebden, whose ranking has slipped from 61 to 109 this year, had been preparing to play in qualifying, starting Monday, before the announcement.

He was also given a wildcard into the doubles where he will partner Brit Jamie Delgado.

Frenchman Nicolas Mahut and British pair Kyle Edmund and James Ward also received wildcards. Organisers have four more cards to hand out.

Several Aussie men including James Duckworth, Matt Barton, Sam Groth, Matt Reid and John-Patrick Smith will line up in the qualifying tournament.

No Aussie women were given wildcards - although two remain to be allocated - with Anastasia Rodionova, Casey Dellacqua, Olivia Rogowska, Ash Barty and Monique Adamzcak nominating for qualifying to try to join Sam Stosur in the main draw.



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