London, Great Britain, 29 June 2022 | Darren Parkin

Jordan Thompson’s impressive grass-court campaign has continued with a dominant victory in the opening round at Wimbledon.

Thompson never looked in any trouble in a 6-4 6-1 6-1 victory over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.

It is Thompson’s first Grand Slam match victory of 2022 and his 12th win from his past 15 matches.

Thompson struck 38 winners to just 13, served 10 aces to four, and won 90 total points to 62, with seven service breaks.

The world No.76 entered the tournament fresh from winning an ATP Challenger title on grass in Surbiton, dropping just one set for the week. He backed that up by reaching another ATP Challenger final in Nottingham, where he lost to Daniel Evans.

A pair of qualifying wins at an ATP 250 tournament in Mallorca finalised his preparation for the grass-court Grand Slam.

Thompson’s confidence was high coming in, discussing his love of the grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon.

“I’m pretty happy with how it’s been going,” he said ahead of today’s match.

“It was a rough start to the year and I turned it around straight away on the grass and won that tournament in Surbiton and reached the final in Nottingham.”

Thompson feels the conditions suit his game and on the evidence of today, further victories are certainly possible.

“I always feel comfortable on the grass,” he said.

“I feel like I move quite well on it. Stay quite low. My shots are probably more suited to grass than clay.”

Thompson will now take on fourth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round.

The 28-year-old Thompson is one of four Australian men to score first-round victories today, following Alex de Minaur’s straight-sets dismissal of Bolivia’s Hugo Dellien, Nick Kyrgios’ five-set triumph against British wildcard Paul Jubb and Jason Kubler’s breakthrough victory against No.28 seed Dan Evans.

> READ: Kyrgios wins five-set battle in Wimbledon opening round

Ajla Tomljanovic was the sole Australian winner in ladies’ singles action, stunning No.18 seed Jil Teichmann in a positive start to her tournament.

> READ: Tomljanovic knocks out No.18 seed at Wimbledon

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

Gentlemen’s singles, first round
[19] Alex de Minaur (AUS) d Hugo Dellien (BOL) 6-1 6-3 7-5
Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
d [WC] Paul Jubb (GBR) 3-6 6-1 7-5 6-7(3) 7-5
Jordan Thompson (AUS) d Roberto Carballes Baena (ESP) 6-4 6-1 6-1
[Q] Jason Kubler (AUS) d [28] Dan Evans (GBR) 6-1 6-4 6-3
Hugo Gaston (FRA) d Alexei Popyrin (AUS) 6-2 4-6 0-6 7-6(3) 6-3

> VIEW: Full Wimbledon 2022 gentlemen’s singles draw

Ladies’ singles, first round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) d [18] Jil Teichmann (SUI) 6-2 6-3
[5] Maria Sakkari (GRE) d [Q] Zoe Hives (AUS) 6-1 6-4
Tatjana Maria (GER) d [Q] Astra Sharma (AUS) 4-6 6-3 6-4
Kirsten Flipkens (BEL) d [Q] Jaimee Fourlis (AUS) 7-5 6-2
Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) d [WC] Daria Saville (AUS) 7-5 3-6 7-5

> VIEW: Full Wimbledon 2022 ladies’ singles draw

Gentlemen’s singles, second round
[19] Alex de Minaur (AUS) v Jack Draper (GBR)
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)
 v [1] Novak Djokovic (SRB)
Nick Kyrgios (AUS) v [26] Filip Krajinovic (SRB)
Jordan Thompson (AUS) v [4] Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
[Q] Jason Kubler (AUS) v [Q] Dennis Novak (AUT)

Ladies’ singles, second round
Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) v [Q] Catherine Harrison (USA)

> READ: Wimbledon doubles draws revealed

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