Zizou Bergs has earned an unlikely wildcard to Wimbledon and a grand slam main tournament debut by beating Jack Sock in the Ilkley Trophy final.
Named after Zinedine Zidane – the football great of France, Juventus and Real Madrid who is nicknamed ‘Zizou’ – Belgian Bergs has established his sporting career in tennis.
The 23-year-old is a humble 207th by the ATP and had to make it through qualifying to play in the Ilkley event, a Challenger Tour tournament in Yorkshire.
Former number eight in the world Sock stood in his way in the final on Sunday, but Bergs secured a 7-6 (9-7) 2-6 7-6 (8-6) victory over the American.
His father Koen Bergs wrote on Twitter: “Yesssssss. The tournament director announced the official World Cup reward for the @Wimbledon main draw during the ceremony. History has been made.”
His triumphant son added on Instagram: “WIMBLEDON HEAD DRAW WILDCARD!! Whuuuutttt.”
Bergs completes the list of wildcards for men’s singles, which includes five British players, plus Dutchman Tim van Rijthoven and Swiss three-time grand slam winner Stan Wawrinka for the tournament that starts one week on Monday.