WIMBLEDON wildcard Paul Jubb faces missing out on the tournament’s prize money because of red tape over amateurs.
The 19-year-old, from Hull, has a scholarship at a US university, whose rules ban him from claiming more than $10,000 (£7,872) a year.
2 Brit Wimbledon wildcard Paul Jubb faces missing out on the tournament’s prize money because of red tape over amateur statusCredit: Paul Edwards – The Sun
It means Jubb faces missing much of the £45,000 handed out to every player in Wimbledon’s first round.
The Lawn Tennis Association, which governs the tournament, said discussions were continuing but admitted it was still unclear how much he would net.
But the University of South Carolina, which follows strict National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, said: “They permit expenses [only].”
“Essentially, Jubb’s travel and accommodations for an event and practice immediately prior to the event may be covered by prize money or by a permissible outside sponsor but he cannot accept any more than that without jeopardizing his NCAA amateur status.
A senior former player told The Sun: “Paul will not be able to take the prize money.
“Even if he won the whole of Wimbledon it would still apply.”
In May Jubb became the first Brit to win the NCAA men’s singles title.
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Jubb’s rise seemingly out of nowhere has made him one of the most interesting new names for the tournament.
He was orphaned at a young age and had moved in with his gran Valerie by the age of just four.
Dad Shaun, who served in the Army, killed himself aged 30 in January 2000 while mum Jacinta died in hospital years later.
2 Paul Jubb’s dad Shaun killed himself aged 30 following a marriage breakdownCredit: Instagram
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