Norfolk’s Olivia Nicholls will get wildcard access to Wimbledon

2:04 PM June 16, 2022

A Norfolk tennis participant has spoken of her pleasure after bagging a wildcard access to this 12 months’s Wimbledon doubles event.  

Olivia Nicholls, 27, and her spouse Alicia Barnett will take to the well-known grass on the All England Club when the championship starts later this month.  

It would be the first time a member of Acle Tennis Club takes section in what is thought of as probably the most prestigious tennis event on the planet.  

Ms Nicholls stated: “We had a sense we had a superb opportunity of having the wildcard. We’ve had a just right 12 months. 

“Our rating was putting us close to getting in without a wild card anyway.” 

Norfolk tennis participant Olivia Nicholls in motion at a event in 2014.
– Credit: Archant

Ms Nicholls and the 28-year-old Ms Barnett, from Gloucestershire, are ranked one hundred and tenth and 102nd on the planet for doubles tennis. 

In March this 12 months they reached their first ultimate of their debut World Tennis Association (WTA) tournament, once they completed as runners-up within the Lyon Open.  

In the overall they performed in opposition to Vera Zvonereva, the previous global quantity two, and her spouse Anna Seigmund, who in combination had received america Open in 2020. 

Their efficiency propelled them to quantity 3 and quantity 5 in the United Kingdom. 

Entry to Wimbledon by the use of wildcard has precipitated comparisons to Emma Raducanu, who reached the fourth spherical of the event ultimate 12 months and later received america Open, however Ms Nicholls stated they have been focussing on their very own recreation.

Norfolk tennis players taking part in the Aegon British Tour tournament at Easton College. Olivia Ni

Olivia Nicholls, pictured right here in 2014, isn’t enthusiastic about comparisons to Emma Raducanu upon getting a wildcard access to Wimbledon this 12 months.
– Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

“We take a look at not to have too prime expectancies however I imagine we will be able to compete with the most efficient women on the planet,” she stated.

Ms Nicholls has been enjoying tennis since she was once four-years-old, coaching at Acle Tennis Club the place her mom Ann Nicholls is head trainer.  

She attended Acle Primary School, Acle High School (now Acle Academy) and East Norfolk Sixth Form College, sooner than finding out Sports Science with Management at Loughborough University, the place she persisted enjoying tennis. 

She went skilled in 2017. 

Liz Lake, secretary and assistant trainer at Acle Tennis Club, stated: “We’re all very fascinated about it. Olivia has performed right here since she was once 4 years previous. We’ve adopted her occupation. We’re more than happy for her.”

She discussed Warren Sawyer, who coached Ms Nicholls. 

And when requested in regards to the comparability with Ms Raducanu, Ms Lake stated: “Who is aware of? If issues cross proper at the day, who is aware of?” 

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