Joshua Ward-Hibbert

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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 26)
Mansfield, England
OccupationTennis player, basketball player
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Basketball career
No. 21 – London Lions
PositionGuard / Forward
LeagueBBL
Personal information
NationalityBritish
Career information
Playing career2008–present
Career history
2008–2009; 2011–2012; 2016Derby Trailblazers
2016–2020Leicester Riders
2020–presentLondon Lions

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)

Joshua Thomas Ward-Hibbert (born 25 January 1994) is a British basketball player for the London Lions of the British Basketball League (BBL).

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 BBL season.[3]

On 13 August, 2020, Ward-Hibbert signed with the London Lions for the 2020–21 BBL season.[4]

Tennis career[edit]

Juniors[edit]

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 finals[edit]

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

Personal[edit]

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.[5] 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.[6]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Anyone For Tennis As Lions Net Josh Ward-Hibbert". www.thelondonlions.com. 13 August 2020. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  5. ^ Joshua Ward-Hibbert - FIBA Europe
  6. ^ English National Players of the Year 2010 Named - Hoopsfix

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