Eastbourne have 28 singles and 16 doubles on Tuesday’s schedule
Wimbledon qualifying has a staggering 96 matches to get through
EASTBOURNE & WIMBLEDON, UK – The rain washed out the first days of ATP & WTA Eastbourne along with the men’s first round qualifying matches at Wimbledon.
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After two weeks so far of grass court competition which has seen some great British performances, that other staple of the grass court season – rain – made its presence felt.
Nottingham saw British women’s No. 1 Johanna Konta crowned the champion on her third attempt, Queen’s had the British men’s No. 2 Cameron Norrie in the final and Heather Watson reached the semi-finals in Birmingham.
Having been spoiled with so much action in a compacted grass court season, it seemed inevitable that the rain that started to spoil the party towards the end of last week.
The first day of a packed combined ATP and WTA tournament in Eastbourne, together with the men’s first round qualifying matches were all washed out without a ball struck.
The pick of the matches will be Birmingham semi-finalist Watson taking on former Slam champion Iga Swiatek on a surface where she does not have a whole lot of experience.
Harriet Dart takes on Serena Williams’ Roland Garros conqueror Elena Rybakina, and there is no shortage of potential Wimbledon contenders on show, including Birmingham champion Ons Jabeur, top seed Aryna Sabalenka and defending champion Karolina Pliskova.
In terms of the men’s side, Liam Broady, who has been steadily coming back towards his former career high, will be in action against Nottingham Challenger champion Frances Tiafoe.
The first day would have started with the first round of the men’s qualifying event, but with no games being played, all those matches and first round of the women’s round one matches are all on the schedule – a staggering 96 matches in total.
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