Jamie Baker will make a welcome return after serious illness to the British tennis scene at the Slazenger Open in Nottingham, which begins on Monday.
The 21-year-old Scot, who will face qualifier Samuel Groth in the first round, was enjoying one of the best periods of his career after following up his first victory in a Davis Cup match against Argentina in February with two Futures titles.
But he spent three days in intensive care in Florida after contracting the life-threatening virus Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura and has not played a tour match since March.
Baker, the British No?3, was not expected to recover in time for Wimbledon but has been given a wild card for the Championships and will be hoping to get a few matches under his belt this week.
Alex Bogdanovic faces another Briton in James Ward after coming through three rounds of qualifying.
The 24-year-old has often disappointed at the top level but saw off Bruno Soares and Igor Kunitsyn on Saturday before a 6-4, 6-1 victory over fifth seed Alejandro Falla yesterday sealed his place.
Bogdanovic said: “I’m pleased with how I played today. My opponent served really well in the first set but I just hung in there and took my chances.
“I’ve had three matches here so far, it’s great that I’ve made the main draw and I’m looking forward to my first-round match.”
Ward, who has been given a wild card, impressed at the Artois Championships last week, where he came through qualifying before taking former world No?1Marat Safin to three sets in the first round.
The 21-year-old trains at Juan Carlos Ferrero’s academy in Spain and is making only his third appearance at an ATP Tour event.
British No?5 Alex Slabinsky, aged 22, also received a wild card and will take on qualifier Vince Spadea.
However, there was disappointment for teenager Dan Cox and Chris Eaton, who were beaten in the final round of qualifying by Kei Nishikori and Spadea, respectively.
Defending champion Ivo Karlovic will meet two-time former winner Jonas Bjorkman in the first round on Monday.
Giant Croatian Karlovic beat Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the title showdown 12 months ago, when the final stages were played indoors rather than on grass because of poor weather.
In Bjorkman he faces one of the most wily campaigners on grass. The 36-year-old took the title in 1998 and 2002, was a beaten finalist in 2006 and also reached the semi-finals last year, losing to Clement.
Although Karlovic will be the tallest player at the tournament at 6ft 10in, he only has an inch advantage over American John Isner, who faces top seed Radek Stepanek.
The 23-year-old burst on to the scene last July by reaching the final of the ATP Tour event in Washington when ranked outside the top 400.
He has since climbed into the top 100 but cannot match the progress this year of Stepanek, whose career appeared to be on the wane only for the Czech to rediscover some of his best form.
He reached the final in San Jose and then beat world number one Roger Federer on his way to the semi-finals at the Rome Masters. A fourth-round appearance at the French Open has seen his ranking climb to 16.