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Marathon man Mahut awarded wild card for Wimbledon

Outside courts are surrounded with Olympic hoarding at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) as preparations are made for the London 2012
Outside courts are surrounded with Olympic hoarding at the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) as preparations are made for the London 2012

PARIS (Reuters) - Frenchman Nicolas Mahut has been given a wild card for this month's Wimbledon, still reaping the fruits of his record 11-hour-five-minute match against American John Isner in 2010.

"Very grateful to receive the wildcard @Wimbledon," Mahut wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. "A big thank you to the (All England) Club! Always feel special to play in such a prestigious place!"

Mahut, who will long be remembered for the first-round tussle he lost 70-68 in the fifth set, is ranked 224th and could not have entered the main draw without a wild card.

The 31-year-old, who along with Michael Llodra lost the French Open doubles final to the Bryan brothers last weekend, was facing British world number two Andy Murray in the second round of the Queen's grasscourt event on Wednesday.

(Writing by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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