Jersey tennis player Stuart Parker says it is his ‘dream come true’ to be given the chance to play at Wimbledon.
The 23-year-old world number 573 has been given a wildcard into the men’s singles qualifying and a place in the main draw of the men’s doubles.
Parker made his Queen’s debut this week after success on the Challenger Tour.
“I’ve had a great start to the year and I’m glad the LTA have recognised it and given me this opportunity to play at my dream tournament,” he told BBC Jersey.
“There’s a lot of hard work that people don’t see and a lot of tough days, but it’s all worth it when you get the chance to play at these big events.”
Parker lost 6-3, 6-4 to Spain’s Bernabe Zapata Miralles on Saturday at Queen’s while he and his partner James Ward were beaten in the first round of the doubles.
But Parker, who is the 17th-ranked British player in the ATP standings and has been in good form in the Challenger Tour, reaching at least the quarter-finals in his previous six events and making the final of a tournament in Tunisia in February.
“The last two years I’ve been working really hard and I’m just glad that I can play Wimbledon,” he said.
“I still can’t really believe it, but in a few days time I’ll be playing, so I’m looking forward to it.”