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Retiring Tommy Haas handed Wimbledon wild card

Tommy Haas has been handed a Wimbledon wild card for what will be the veteran's final visit to SW19 as a player.

The 39-year-old has confirmed 2017 will be his last on the ATP Tour and the German will get his chance to say farewell to the Wimbledon crowds after being named Wednesday as one of five players to earn a wild card for the men's singles draw.

Haas' best showing at the prestigious grass-court major came in 2009 when he enjoyed a run to the semifinals before being beaten by the legendary Roger Federer.

Posting on Twitter about the wildcard, he wrote: "A very loud 'thank you' 39 times to @Wimbledon for giving me the opportunity to compete at the championships."

Haas has not yet confirmed when he will cease playing on the Tour, but has spoken of his desire to play the U.S. Open and in Vienna later this year.

Other men's singles wild cards handed out Wednesday went to Canadian Denis Shapovalov and Britons Brydan Klein, Cameron Norrie and James Ward.

On the women's side, main-draw entry was awarded to Great Britain's Katie Boulter, Naomi Broady, Laura Robson and Heather Watson, plus Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan.

Three additional men's and women's wild cards will be announced at a later date.


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