James Ward bows out at Queen’s but is handed Wimbledon wildcard

James Ward

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Camden’s James Ward was unable to progress beyond the first round at the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club on Tuesday.

The 29-year-old, from Eversholt Street near Euston station, was given a wildcard for the tournament, which is taking place in West Kensington – but the world No178 was pitted against the No41 Gilles Muller of Luxembourg and was beaten 6-4, 6,4.

Nonetheless, Ward was handed another wildcard – this time for Wimbledon – on Wednesday morning, and Britain’s No5 will take his place in the first round when the tournament gets underway on Monday June 27, having reached the third round for the first time last year.

Meanwhile, West Hampstead’s Harriet Dart was beaten in the first qualifying round at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Saturday, losing 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 against Georgia’s Anna Tatishvili.

The 19-year-old now turns her attentions to the Wimbledon qualifiers, which start on Tuesday.