After being denied a wild card into Wimbledon by the AELTC last week, former world no. 41 Dan Evans won his fourth match towards the main draw today at the Bank of England Club in Roehampton. Dealt a tough opening round draw in world no. 126 Ilya Ivashka, after coming through three pre-qualifying matches last week, Evans took to his task with professionalism and class.
After breaking the 24-year-old early in both sets, Evans looked assured and confident behind his serve, continuing to play seemingly without pressure amidst an excellent run on the grass which saw him reach the final of the Nottingham Challenger two weeks ago. Evans served out the match, winning 6-4 6-4 and sealing victory with a beautifully executed backhand drop shot.
Speaking to BBC Sport after his match, Evans was pleased with his level of performance. “I played well and it was a tough match against one of the better guys in the draw,” said Evans. “I missed tennis a lot and it’s just good to be out again. It’s great to be back on court.”
Evans’ win wasn’t the only British success though.
No messing about.
Dan Evans won his first-round match at the Wimbledon qualifying event in straight sets.
James Ward, a member of Great Britain’s winning Davis Cup team in 2015, has had a torrid time with injuries in the last few years and is currently languishing at 362 in the world rankings. Yet the 31-year-old is one step closer to reaching the main draw after a morale-boosting win against No. 198 in the world Marco Trungelliti (ARG) 6-3 7-6(0). He will play 14thseed Bjorn Fratangelo in round two.
There was also success for namesake (though the pair are not related) Alexander Ward, who beat Darian King (BAH) 4-6 7-5 6-0. Ward, who qualified for the main draw last year, will play Lleyton Hewitt‘s protégé Alex Bolt (AUS) in the next round.
Lloyd Glasspool, who took the other wild card spot from pre-qualifying alongside Evans, is also two matches away from the main draw, after beating Sergio Gutierrez-Ferrol7-5 7-5. Glasspool, who at 581 was 343 places below his Spanish opponent in the world rankings, has another huge ranking deficit to overcome in his next match as he plays Frenchman Stephane Robert, who is 170 in the world.
However, there was British disappointment as well in the men’s singles, as teenagers George Loffhagen, Aidan McHugh, Jack Draper, and Anton Matusevich all failed to convert the chances their wild cards offered to them.
Loffhagen, 17, fought valiantly in a 7-6(4) 6-0 loss to fifth seed Jurgen Zopp (EST), whilst 17-year old McHugh, who was recently signed up to Andy Murray’s management group 77, slumped to a 6-2 6-4 loss to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina (ESP). Draper, 16, and Matusevich, 17, also failed to win a set in their losses to Mohamed Safwat and Zdenek Kolar respectively. Draper lost 6-4 6-4, and Matusevich 6-1 7-6(1).
“I booked my house for three weeks, which is a bit ambitious”
Meanwhile, there were some notable names in first round action at Roehampton, with the majority pulling through to Wednesday’s second round. The much maligned Australian Bernard Tomic, now ranked 146 in the world, beat Matteo Donati (ITA) 76(1) 63 and compatriot Thanasi Kokkinakis, who beat Roger Federer in Miami in March, won a tight match against El Salvadoran Marcelo Arevalo 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4.
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