Bogdanovic gets Queen's wildcard
PUBLISHED: 11:22 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 13:15 24 August 2010
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ALEX Bogdanovic's preparations for the grass court season have got off to the perfect start after the organisers of the prestigious Artois Championships awarded him a wildcard entry. The British number three from Kilburn...
ALEX Bogdanovic's preparations for the grass court season have got off to the perfect start after the organisers of the prestigious Artois Championships awarded him a wildcard entry.
The British number three from Kilburn, who is coached by Andy Murray's former coach Brad Gilbert, has the chance to take on the world's top players at The Queen's Club, West Kensington, between June 9 and 15.
Among the challengers will be world number two Rafael Nadal, Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, defending champion Andy Roddick, four-time winner Lleyton Hewitt and British number one Andy Murray.
Bogdanovic's fellow Brit Josh Goodall has also been awarded a wildcard entry and Paul Hutchins, the Lawn Tennis Association's head of men's tennis, believes the pair will benefit from facing the world's top players.
"It's great that Alex and Josh have got wildcards into the main draw of The Artois Championships," he said. "It gives them both a good opportunity to compete against world class opposition and gain world ranking points.
"Josh has got two weeks practice on grass before the Artois and Alex had a great run there last year so I'm sure they are both looking forward to the event."
Last year Bogdanovic came within two points of beating eventual champion Roddick in an epic third round encounter, a match that saw him rise to a career high 108 in the world rankings.
Great things were expected of the 24-year-old since that performance but a severe dip in form during the last eleven months has seen him tumble to a lowly 242.
Serbian-born Bogdanovic still managed to reach the semi-finals in Cherbourg, France in addition to two last four appearances in Lanzarote, Spain and New Delhi, India.
But his clay court season is now over after he failed to get into the main draw of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris last week.
Bogdanovic began his qualifying campaign in fine style, dropping only three games against Frenchman Mathieu Rodrigues.
But he tumbled out in the next round, losing to the 266th ranked Spaniard Miguel-Angel Lopez-Jaen 0-6, 6-4, 6-4 after taking the first set in just 19 minutes.
Bogdanovic kicks off his summer grass court season schedule this week (May 31 to June 6) at the fan-friendly Surbiton Trophy in Surrey.
This year will be the last for the pre-Wimbledon opener and six players inside the world's top 100 will be competing in the 32-man field, with Germany's world number 81 Mischa Zverev the top seed.
Last year Bogdanovic was knocked-out in the second round by fellow Brit Richard Bloomfield, while Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Ivo Karlovic to take the title.