What Is a Wild Card In Tennis?

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Britain's Liam Broady returns to Canada's Denis Shapovalov in a men's singles match on day five of the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, Friday, July 7, 2023.
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Chase Kiddy @chaseakiddy Jun 20, 2024, 1:44 PM

On the professional tennis tours, tournament draws are primarily filled out by players who rank high enough to qualify. However, every tournament draw also holds a few extra spots open for players who are directly invited to play by the tournament organizers. 

This is precisely what a wild card is in tennis – a notable player invited to a tournament in spite of their too-low ranking. 

Wild cards often receive their bid for one of two reasons. They may be a prominent tour player whose ranking has dropped because of a recent injury that kept them from playing on tour. 

Wild cards may also be a local player whose presence would generate increased local interest – for example, a New Englander invited to the U.S. Open. 

Wimbledon Wild Cards

Wimbledon’s 2024 wild cards included some prominent names – Liam Broady, Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Emma Raducanu, and Caroline Wozniacki, among others.

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Chase Kiddy

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Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.

Chase Kiddy is a writer for BetMGM and co-host of The Lion's Edge, an NFL and college football podcast available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and everywhere else. He has also written for a number of print and online outlets, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Washington Post, Daily News-Record, and HERO Sports. His first novel, Cave Paintings, is in development.