London - Marcus Willis, one of the breakout players at last
year's Wimbledon, was not among the first batch of wildcards for this year's
edition of the grass-court Grand Slam announced on Wednesday.
The 26-year-old Englishman made a mockery of his world
ranking of 772 to come through Wimbledon qualifying in 2016 and then set up a
second round meeting with Swiss master Roger Federer on Centre-Court - which he
lost in straight sets.
But Willis has made only limited progress since and it looks
as if he will have to come through qualifying again to earn a place in the main
Officials at the All England Club could add more wildcards
ahead of Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, with three spaces left in both the
men's and women's main draws.