A year after defeating Rafael Nadal in the first round of Wimbledon as a qualifier ranked No. 133, Steve Darcis is looking for a wild card into the Grand Slam tournament.
The Belgian underwent shoulder surgery nine months ago and has seen his ranking fall outside the Top 300. However, a week ago, he reached the final of a $10,000 challenger in his first event back.
Darcis was not named among the first six wild cards announced by Wimbledon on Tuesday, which included Marcos Baghdatis as the only non-British player. Two more wild cards remain.
"It would be a great story," he told Belgian press. "But if I don't get a wild card, I will not go to Wimbledon to play qualifying. I will use my protected ranking for the U.S. Open [qualifying] and play European challengers on clay."
Darcis is traveling with a physiotherapist, doing two hours of rehab a day. It was during his Wimbledon contest against Nadal that the shoulder injury occurred.