Hewitt receives wild card for doubles at Wimbledon

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LONDON — Former singles champion Lleyton Hewitt and partner Alex Bolt have received a wild card entry into the men’s doubles competition at Wimbledon.

Tournament organizers did not offer a wild card to British player Dan Evans, who has returned from a year-long ban after testing positive for cocaine.

The 37-year-old Hewitt, who won the singles title at Wimbledon in 2001, has come out of retirement to play several doubles events this year. He reached the Australian Open quarterfinals with partner Sam Groth.

Evans has won 10 of 13 matches on grass this season, making him the most successful British player on the surface this year.

Wild cards for men’s singles were given to Liam Broady and Jay Clarke of Britain and Alex De Minaur of Australia – with the final five wild cards still to be announced.

Wild cards for women’s singles were awarded to Katie Boulter, Naomi Broady, Harriet Dart, Katy Dunne, Katie Swan, and Gabriella Taylor of Britain and Ons Jabeur of Tunisia – with one more to be announced.

Wiimbledon starts July 2.