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Joshua Thomas Ward-Hibbert (born 25 January 1994) is a British basketball player, best known for his former occupation as a tennis player. Ward-Hibbert holds the record for the fastest serve by a junior player at Wimbledon after clocking a 133 mph serve at the 2011 Wimbledon Championships.[1] Ward-Hibbert, along with Liam Broady, won the 2012 Australian Open Boys' doubles title after defeating Adam Pavlasek and Filip Veger 6–3, 6–2 in 2012.[2] In 2016, while studying at Loughborough University, Ward-Hibbert switched his attention from tennis to basketball, initially playing for the Derby Trailblazers. He transferred to the British Basketball League (BBL) club Leicester Riders during the 2016–17 season.[3]

Joshua Ward-Hibbert
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Ward-Hibbert at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships
Born
Joshua Thomas Ward-Hibbert

(1994-01-25) 25 January 1994 (age 25)
Mansfield, England
OccupationTennis player, basketball player
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Basketball career
No. 10 – Leicester Riders
PositionGuard
LeagueBritish Basketball League
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Career information
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2009; 2011–2012; 2016Derby Trailblazers
2016–presentLeicester Riders

Tennis career
Country (sports) United Kingdom
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Prize money$38,290
Singles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 588 (16 February 2015)
Grand Slam Singles results
WimbledonQ1 (2014)
Doubles
Career record0–0
Career titles0
Highest rankingNo. 305 (18 November 2013)

Contents

Tennis careerEdit

JuniorsEdit

Junior Slam results – Singles:

Australian Open: QF (2012)
French Open: 1R (2012)
Wimbledon: 2R (2011)
US Open: 2R (2012)

Junior Slam results – Doubles:

Australian Open: W (2012)
French Open: QF (2012)
Wimbledon: QF (2011)
US Open: QF (2012)

ATP Challengers and ITF Futures finalsEdit

Singles: 1 (1–0)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (0–0)
ITF Futures (1–0)
Finals by Surface
Hard (1–0)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Dec 2014 Tunisia F11, Sousse Futures Hard   Hiroyasu Ehara 6–2, 3–6, 6–4

Doubles: 27 (13–14)Edit

Legend
ATP Challengers (0–0)
ITF Futures (13–14)
Finals by Surface
Hard (12–10)
Clay (1–2)
Grass (0–2)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Apr 2013 Vietnam F2, Ho Chi Minh City Futures Hard   Andrew Fitzpatrick   Bun Kenny
  Jae Hwan Kim
6–4, 6–2
Win 2–0 Apr 2013 Vietnam F3, Ho Chi Minh City Futures Hard   Andrew Fitzpatrick   Logan MacKenzie
  Dane Propoggia
4–6, 7–6(9–7), [11–9]
Win 3–0 May 2013 Egypt F8, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay   Liam Broady   Marco Crugnola
  Riccardo Sinicropi
6–3, 7–5
Loss 3–1 Jun 2013 Egypt F9, Sharm El Sheikh Futures Clay   Liam Broady   Joris De Loore
  Jeroen Vanneste
2–6, 2–6
Win 4–1 Aug 2013 Great Britain F15, Nottingham Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Scott Clayton
  Toby Martin
4–6, 6–3, [10–6]
Win 5–1 Aug 2013 Great Britain F16, Chiswick Futures Hard   Liam Broady   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
7–6(7–5), 2–6, [10–6]
Loss 5–2 Aug 2013 Great Britain F17, Wrexham Futures Hard   Liam Broady   George Coupland
  Marcus Willis
6–7(6–8), 3–6
Loss 5–3 Sep 2013 Great Britain F19, Roehampton Futures Hard   Edward Corrie   Lewis Burton
  Marcus Willis
6–4, 4–6, [8–10]
Win 6–3 Oct 2013 Israel F13, Akko Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Ivo Klec
  Michal Schmid
6–3, 6–0
Loss 6–4 Oct 2013 Israel F14, Ramat HaSharon Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Luke Bambridge
  Evan Hoyt
6–7(5–7), 6–7(4–7)
Loss 6–5 Jan 2014 Great Britain F2, Sunderland Futures Hard (i)   Richard Gabb   David Rice
  Sean Thornley
3–6, 3–6
Loss 6–6 Mar 2014 Great Britain F7, Preston Futures Hard (i)   Frederik Nielsen   Luke Bambridge
  Liam Broady
4–6, 4–6
Loss 6–7 Mar 2014 Bahrain F1, Manama Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Jaime Pulgar-Garcia
  Javier Pulgar-Garcia
2–6, 6–2, [6–10]
Win 7–7 Apr 2014 Qatar F4, Doha Futures Hard   Liam Broady   Lorenzo Frigerio
  Luca Vanni
6–3, 7–5
Loss 7–8 Apr 2014 Qatar F3, Doha Futures Hard   Oliver Golding   Chen Ti
  Ruan Roelofse
1–6, 1–6
Loss 7–9 Jul 2014 Great Britain F12, Manchester Futures Grass   Edward Corrie   Oliver Golding
  George Morgan
6–7(4–7), 6–4, [6–10]
Loss 7–10 Jul 2014 Great Britain F13, Ilkley Futures Grass   Brydan Klein   Lewis Burton
  Edward Corrie
2–6, 4–6
Win 8–10 Sep 2014 Great Britain F15, London Futures Hard   Frederik Nielsen   David O'Hare
  Joe Salisbury
6–7(5–7), 6–4, [10–8]
Win 9–10 Sep 2014 Portugal F7, Castelo Branco Futures Hard   Luke Bambridge   Iván Arenas Gualda
  Jaime Pulgar García
7–6(7–0), 6–4
Loss 9–11 Apr 2015 Greece F4, Heraklion Futures Hard   Joe Salisbury   Alexandros Jakupovic
  Markos Kalovelonis
1–6, 2–6
Win 10–11 Sep 2015 Great Britain F9, Nottingham Futures Hard   Lloyd Glasspool   Daniel Cox
  David Rice
6–4, 3–6, [10–7]
Loss 10–12 Sep 2015 Spain F30, Sevilla Futures Clay   Lloyd Glasspool   Marco Bortolotti
  Juan Lizariturry
3–6, 4–6
Win 11–12 Oct 2015 Greece F7, Heraklion Futures Hard   Lloyd Glasspool   Peter Bothwell
  Toby Martin
6–3, 7–5
Win 12–12 Oct 2015 Greece F8, Heraklion Futures Hard   Lloyd Glasspool   Corentin Denolly
  Alexandre Müller
Walkover
Loss 12–13 Nov 2015 Great Britain F10, Tipton Futures Hard (i)   Lloyd Glasspool   Billy Harris
  Evan Hoyt
6–4, 3–6, [9–11]
Win 13–13 Nov 2015 Great Britain F11, Bath Futures Hard (i)   Lloyd Glasspool   Sam Barry
  Filip Peliwo
6–4, 3–6, [10–2]
Loss 13–14 Feb 2016 Great Britain F2, Sunderland Futures Hard (i)   Lloyd Glasspool   Andrea Vavassori
  George Von Massow
5–7, 3–6

PersonalEdit

Ward-Hibbert's infant and junior school was Dagfa House School a small independent school in Nottingham. Ward-Hibbert was an accomplished basketball player as a teenager, playing for the England under-16 team.[4] In 2010, he was named the England under-16 boys' player of the year by England Basketball after being named to the All-Tournament team at the Division B European Championships.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ BBC Sport – Wimbledon 2012: Josh Ward-Hibbert's hopes ended by injury
  2. ^ Australian Open 2012: British pair Liam Broady and Joshua Ward-Hibbert win boys' doubles title – Telegraph
  3. ^ "Joshua Ward-Hibbert: Ex-junior Grand Slam champion makes basketball leap". BBC Sport. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2017.
  4. ^ Joshua Ward-Hibbert - FIBA Europe
  5. ^ English National Players of the Year 2010 Named - Hoopsfix

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