Former men’s champion Pat Cash of Australia was one of 16 players who received wild card entries today for the singles draws at Wimbledon.
Cash, who won the title in 1987, and fellow Australian Mark Woodforde were the only non-British players to receive wild cards in the men’s field. American Kathy Jordan, who reached the semifinals here in 1984, was the only non-Briton among the women’s wild cards.
Places in the 128-player fields are decided on computer ranking. Eight wild cards and a varying number of qualifying berths are kept open for players whose rankings are too low for automatic entry but who organizers feel deserve to be in the tournament.
Cash, plagued by injuries in recent years, slipped to 626th in the world last March.
Remaining men’s wild cards went to Chris Bailey, Nick Brown, Andrew Castle, Mark Petchey, Danny Sapsford and James Turner. The women’s berths went to Belinda Borneo, Jo Durie, Sara Gomer, Julie Salmon, Anne Simpkin, Samantha Smith and Clare Wood.