Posted: Tue June 18, 2013 11:37AM; Updated: Tue June 18, 2013 11:37AM

U.S.' Johnson joins Mahut as a Wimbledon wild card

Decrease font Decrease font
Enlarge font Enlarge font
Steve Johnson
U.S.' Steve Johnson won the ATP Challenger title at Nottingham last week to earn his Wimbledon wild card.
Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

LONDON (AP) -- Steve Johnson of the United States joined Frenchman Nicolas Mahut as a wild card at Wimbledon.

The 100th-ranked Johnson from Orange, Calif., will play in the singles at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament for the first time since becoming a full-time professional last summer. He won the ATP Challenger title at Nottingham last week to earn his wild card, which was announced Tuesday.

Mahut, loser of the longest match in tennis history, had already been granted his invitation. 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.

Also receiving wild cards for the tournament starting June 24 were British duo James Ward and Kyle Edmund. The 18-year-old Edmund won his first match on the ATP Tour at the Aegon International this week. He's joined by Matthew Ebden of Australia, who won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open in January with Jarmila Gajdosova.

The women's wild cards include five British players: Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Johanna Konta, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray. They're joined by Lucie Hradecka of Czech Republic, Andrea Petkovic of Germany and Alison Riske of the United States.

Copyright 2014 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

SI Videos
Videos from the Web
 
SI.com
Hot Topics: NBA Playoffs NHL Playoffs Chris Johnson Jameis Winston NFL Draft Michael Sam Aldon Smith
TM & © 2014 Time Inc. A Time Warner Company. All Rights Reserved. Terms under which this service is provided to you. Read our privacy guidelines and ad choices.
SI CoverRead All ArticlesBuy Cover Reprint