The main headline from the first round of matches was the defeat of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury as their poor form this season continued. The third seeds went out to Dutch duo Tallon Griekspoor and Bart Stevens in three sets, to suffer one of their worst defeats of the season. Ram and Salisbury have had some success at the lower events this season which included winning the title in Lyon.
However the American-British duo have got progressively worse at the big events and that has culminated in a first round exit. The defeat was especially disappointing given they won the first set on the tiebreak before losing the next two sets 6-4 6-4. Now Ram and Salisbury will look to assess their partnership given their results haven’t been great this season before potentially teaming up in America where they will look to defend their US Open title.
Now onto the Juniors, which saw a historic success for British players as 12 Brits advanced to the second round in singles. That’s the most since 2000 with the pick of the wins seeing Henry Searle knock out top seed Juan Carlos Prado Angelo.
After taking the opening set tiebreak 8-6, Searle ran away with victory in the second set to book a place in the second round.
Speaking after the match Searle said it was a surreal moment and explained it was a dream to play at Wimbledon.
“It’s pretty surreal to get my first Wimbledon win against the No.1 seed in front of quite a few people,” Searle told The Bolton News.
“I had a pretty tough draw last year as well, playing the second seed, and I definitely took a lot of experience away from it. I used it to my advantage and I used it as best as possible to help me.
“It’s pretty amazing to always have the home crowd always backing you, always feeling supported on court no matter what the score is. I used that to my advantage today and managed to get the win.”
There were also wins for Charlie Robertson, Viktor Frydrych, Henry Jefferson and Freddy Blaydes.
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