Mahut awarded Wimbledon wild card

by: AP June 12, 2013

AP Photo

LONDON (AP)—Nicolas Mahut, loser of the longest match in tennis history, has been granted a wild card for Wimbledon.

The French player lost 70-68 in the fifth set to John Isner in a first-round Wimbledon match three years ago that stretched over three days.

Mahut received a wild card entry Wednesday for the tournament starting June 24.

Mahut and fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra lost in the French Open doubles final last week to Mike and Bob Bryan.

Also receiving wild cards were Australia's Matthew Ebden, who won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in January with Jarmila Gajdosova, and Germany's Andrea Petkovic.

Other wild cards will be announced in the coming days.

More Stories

Atlanta resident Takanyi Garanganga striving to grow tennis in Africa

Garanganga lauds tennis' value, even in a challenging economic climate. 

Chris Evert to Donald Trump: 'Get over it'

"It's now about your service and leadership. #getoverit," the tennis legend tweeted. 

American Tennis Association changed the face of tennis in the U.S.

The ATA's new home in Miramar, FL, will preserve the heritage of African-American tennis.