Dudi Sela 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
After winning 15 straight matches on the Challenger circuit, Dudi Sela was
rewarded on Sunday with a wild-card for the main draw of Wimbledon.
26-year-old chose to end his run of playing in 14 straight Grand Slam
tournaments by forgoing his place at Roland Garros last month in order to pick
up some much-needed ranking points and confidence in Challenger
Sela plummeted to No. 147 in the world a month ago, his lowest
position in almost four years, but the Israeli is expected to climb to No. 81 on
Monday thanks to his three straight Challenger triumphs at Busan, South Korea,
Fergana, Uzbekistan and Nottingham, England on Saturday.
“I was told by
Wimbledon at the start of last week that I have a chance to get a wild-card,”
said Sela, who was preparing to play in the qualifiers at the All England Club
as a result of his drop in the rankings last month.
“Every year around
three foreign players receive wild-cards and because I did well in recent
Challenger competitions and because I’ve done well at Wimbledon before they gave
me one this year.”
In other tennis news, Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber
won the Halle grasscourt tournament on Sunday for his third singles title of his
career after countryman Philipp Petzschner retired with a back injury.
the first all-German Halle final since the Wimbledon warm-up event started 19
years ago, the pair slugged it out in an exciting first set before the
27-year-old Petzschner retired, trailing 7-6, 2-0.
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