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Lloyd Harris qualifies for Wimbledon


South Africa’s Lloyd Harris has booked his place in the men’s singles draw at this year’s Wimbledon.

He will be the only South African – male or female – in singles action at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in 2024.

Harris, 27, came through three rounds of qualifying to secure his spot in the tournament starting on Monday, 1 July.

Harris beat Italy’s Andrea Vavassori 6-2, 6-2 in the first round of qualifying, then proved too strong for Britain’s George Loffhagen, winning 7-6 (8/6), 7-6 (7/5) in the second round.

On Thursday, Harris beat France’s Hugo Grenier 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) to seal his qualification.

Handsome pay day awaits Lloyd Harris

Lloyd Harris is currently ranked 118th in the world.

He is guaranteed a handsome pay cheque at Wimbledon, no matter how far he progresses.

It’s already been a lucrative few days for Harris who picked up £40 000 (R935 000) for progressing through the qualifying rounds.

Should he lose his first round match in the tournament itself, the lanky Capetonian is guaranteed another £60 000 (R1.4 million).

Harris’s best performance to date on the hallowed grass courts at Wimbledon came in 2021 when he reached the second round.

The South African website will keep readers updated as to Harris’s first round opponent once the draw has been conducted.

At the time of publishing it’s unclear whether Harris will be in men’s doubles or mixed doubles action at Wimbledon.

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