With women breaking the record of Wimbledon wild cards this year, it’s only right we get up to date on the next generation of tennis stars. The women promise to make a big impact in this year’s tournament, and with matches already underway we’re getting you the lowdown on who you should be looking out for...
Katie Boulter, 21
Beating Grand Slam champion Sam Stosur just last month, Katie Boulter has stormed up the world rankings despite taking all of 2016 out due to injury. Currently world no. 138, she has won five singles and four double titles on the ITF Women's Circuit.
She won the Fukuoka International Women's Cup in Japan in April, the biggest title of her career so far, and at the Nature Valley in Open she defeated former US Open champion Stosur who ranks 53 places above her.
She made her Wimbledon debut last year and leads the next generation of tennis stars rising this year as wild cards. 'Whether we dominate this year or in five years' time is something we will have to see,' she told the Telegraph, 'I'm 21 - The average age [at Wimbledon] is a lot higher so I've got many more years to experience - I hope we are going to be seeing more of the next generation.'
Watch Boulter in the women's singles against Paraguay's Veronica Cepede Royg tomorrow at 11.30am…
Katie Swan, 19
The youngest of the wildcards, Katie Swan is coming into Wimbledon ranked 204. She won her second ITF tournament without dropping a set this year in Spain, and just last month at the Nottingham Open, she qualified for the main draw of the WTA Tour event, for the first time not having to rely on a wild card appearance.
We caught up with her ahead of her first match today to find out how the 19-year old is preparing for the world's biggest tennis tournament. And just like at the Nottingham Open, she's hoping she won't need a wildcard next year. 'Hopefully in years to come I won't need a wildcard, hopefully my ranking will be high enough to get in to the tournament of my own,' she told Grazia, 'but I'm really grateful for the opportunity this year, and I feel like I'm ready for it, and will go out there and give it my everything.'
Catch Katie's first match against Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu today at 3.30pm…
Naomi Broady, 28
Currently ranked 134 in the world, Naomi faces a tough first match for her centre court debut. Facing third seed and two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza, she is well and truly the underdog in this game. However, given this year marks a decade since first appearing at Wimbledon as part of the junior tournament, she's sure to have a lot of fight in her to beat Muguruza.
She's won on WTA doubles title also winning nine singles and 14 double titles on the ITF tour over the course of her career.
Her best singles ranking was 76 back in 2016, so she has a lot to prove when she takes centre court tomorrow at 1pm.
Gabriella Taylor, 20
Another exceptionally rising tennis star, Gabriella has won six singles and two doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. Her best singles ranking came just last month, reaching 168 in the world. This year is her first to break into the top 200 after winning three ITF titles in February and March.
As a junior, she was involved in a poisoning scandal when she contracted leptospirosis that would keep her out of the game for a month. While initially thought to have been poisoned, police found no evidence to indicate deliberate poisoning.
She made her wild card debut at Wimbledon last year but lost both her singles and doubles matches in the first round. However, she began working with two new coaches in 2017, and has since had her most successful period to date.
Catch her first match tomorrow at 11.30, facing Canada's Eugenie Bouchard…
Katy Dunne, 23
Katy Dunne might only be 23, but she's won five singles and seven double titles on the ITF Women's Circuit. Currently ranking 215 in the world, she's up against Latvia's Jelena Osapenko tomorrow at 11.30am. Just last month, she beat a top 100 player, Natalia Vikhlyantseva at Nature Valley Classic, and so will surely go into the game feeling confident.
She'll make her singles debut at the tournament, as well as playing alongside other wild card Harriet Dart in a doubles match. At the time of the wild card announcement, she wrote on Twitter:
'A massive thank you to the #AELTC for believing in me and giving me the opportunity to play in @Wimbledon main draw singles this year. As well as another chance at doubles with @harriet_dart ! I'm super and excited and can't wait to get out there!!'