Wimbledon 2014: Eight Britons handed singles wildcards

Promising teenager Kyle Edmund is among eight British players handed wildcards for Wimbledon, while former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus has also been given one.

Edmund, 19, is the lowest ranked Briton to make the cut at 297 in the world.

He joins Daniel Cox, Daniel Evans, Daniel Smethurst and James Ward as British wildcards in the men's singles.

British trio Naomi Broady, Tara Moore and Samantha Murray have been handed entries into the ladies' singles draw.

Cypriot Baghdatis, 28, won the Nottingham Aegon Classic last week to claim his first singles title since 2010.

Czech Kristyna Pliskova, ranked 100 in the world, has been given a wildcard into the women's singles, as has former runner-up Vera Zvonareva, who has dropped to 559th since losing to Serena Williams in the 2010 final.

American teenager Taylor Townsend, who lost in the Wimbledon girls' singles final 12 months ago, has also been given a wildcard.

Edmund said he "couldn't wait to get out there" and Smethurst described it as "unreal".

Cox said he was "absolutely overwhelmed" and added: "I'll go there and do my best to pretend it's a normal match - but that will be tricky."

Men's singles wild cards: Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp), Daniel Cox (GB), Daniel Evans (GB), Daniel Smethurst (GB), James Ward (GB), Kyle Edmund (GB), Nick Kyrgios (Aus), Jiri Vesely (Cze)

Women's singles wild cards: Naomi Broady (GB), Tara Moore (GB), Samantha Murray (GB), Kristyna Pliskova (Cze), Silvia Soler-Espinosa (Spa), Taylor Townsend (US), Vera Zvonareva (Rus), Jamila Gajdosova (Aus)