Wimbledon: Popyrin leads Aussie qualifying charge
Eight Australian men will on Monday take to the grass courts of Roehampton, vying for a place in the main draw at Wimbledon.
Fourth seed Alexei Popyrin is one of eight Australian men vying for a place in the Wimbledon main draw when they play the qualifying event this week in Roehampton.
The women’s qualifying draw will be released on later on Monday (local time), with matches commencing on Tuesday.
Popyrin takes on Federico Coria on Monday, in the third match of the schedule on Court 13.
Among several players opening the schedule at Roehampton – which begins 11am Monday local time, or 8pm AEST – are Andrew Harris and James Duckworth.
Harris, playing in Wimbledon qualifying for the first time, takes on Spain’s Enrique Lopez Perez while Duckworth finds himself drawn against British wildcard Jan Choinski.
As the day unfolds, more Aussies will take to the courts.
Jason Kubler, who won three matches last year to qualify for the main draw, faces a tough task against No.2 seed Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland.
Also drawing a tough first-round opponent is John-Patrick Smith, who finds himself up against Nicolas Mahut. Smith, like Kubler, also successfully qualified for Wimbledon 12 months ago.
So too did Alex Bolt, who returns to Roehampton this year ranked No.143 – 62 places higher than last year – and who plays Yannik Sinner first up.
Marc Polmans takes on Mohamed Safwat while Akira Santillan duels with Jurij Rodionov.