RISING star Paul Jubb will complete a remarkable journey from a Hull council estate to Wimbledon in less than a fortnight.
Yet the future hope of British tennis cannot splash out on his SW19 payday because of his amateur status while studying in the USA.
The 19-year-old, who was orphaned as a child, will grace the famous courts after being handed a wildcard yesterday.
It follows last month’s win at the US college national singles championships in Orlando — the first time by a British player.
The title has been lifted in the past by the likes of Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe. Jubb, the world No 579, is relishing Wimbledon.
He said: “It’s such a great opportunity and it’s something I’ve got to approach with the right mentality. If I don’t, then it could work out to be a waste.
“I’m just trying to gain the most experience from this opportunity and just compete really hard and hopefully get a good learning experience.
“I’m so grateful for the opportunity and super-excited. I have been to Wimbledon before but not played there.
"I’ve only practised there with Victoria Azarenka in 2017. The more I play on grass, the more comfortable I get on it.
“Some people have been saying grass could be a good surface for me. My movement has always been pretty good.”
The talented teen’s parents, Sean and Jacinta, died when he was very young and he was raised by his grandmother Val.
In their memory, he has a tattoo on his rib-cage of his parents’ names.
He said: “The tattoo is a meaningful thing that I wanted to get done. It was a nice gesture. I thought I’d just go ahead and do it.
“I’d prefer not to speak about their passing but they passed away when I was younger.”
First-round losers at Wimbledon this summer will receive a guaranteed £45,000.
But according to University of South Carolina rules, Jubb can only claim money back for travelling, training and accommodation — so cannot spent it on fast cars or a holiday.
Jubb has no plans to turn professional this year and will graduate from his Retail Management studies in 2020.
He is one of six Brits with wildcards for the Championships, which start on July 1 and joins Jay Clarke, James Ward, Harriet Dart, Katie Swan and Heather Watson.
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