A YOUNG British wildcard making her first Grand Slam appearance read an inspirational note to herself today - but still came up just short on her Wimbledon debut.

Katie Boulter read a message to herself which said: "You earnt the right to be here … enjoy the challenge", The Sun reports.

The 20-year-old put on an impressive display but still lost out to American Christina McHale in a close encounter 3-6 7-5.

 

Britain’s Katie Boulter (right) congratulates American opponent Christina McHale after their first round clash at Wimbledon.
Britain’s Katie Boulter (right) congratulates American opponent Christina McHale after their first round clash at Wimbledon.

During a break in the game the rising star from Leicestershire motivated herself with the rousing letter.

It read: "You earnt the right to be here. You deserve this - focus and fight - enjoy the challenge.

"Trust yourself and trust your game. Play this match like it's the last match of your life - show how much you want it."
 

Sometimes I like to g-e-e-k 🤓🎒

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Ranked 238 in the world, Boulter has insisted she has no time for a boyfriend because she is fully focused on trying to become world number one, the Mail Online reports.

Boulter - who already has thousands of fans on social media - is guaranteed $60,000 despite losing.

Speaking ahead of her debut the Brit said: "'I'm going to be putting that money back into my tennis and I want to be able to travel with a coach.

"I am completely focused on my work right now,' she said. 'That's it. Maybe one day after I retire (I'll get a boyfriend). Hopefully after I win Wimbledon!"

 

Her grandparents both in their 80s, played tennis and her mum Sue, 48, has represented Britain in the over 35s.

"My mum's success definitely inspired me," she said. "My mum definitely got me in to tennis to begin with but she hasn't been my coach for a while. She's my number one fan though and will be watching at Wimbledon."

Boulter became the seventh Brit - including Laura Robson - to crash out of Wimbledon in the first round over the past two days.

 

A little behind the scenes from yesterday's shoot 💓

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