London, Great Britain, 30 June 2022 | Leigh Rogers

Australia’s Jordan Thompson and Portuguese partner Joao Sousa have staged a remarkable comeback to progress to the second round in the Wimbledon 2022 gentlemen’s doubles competition.

The duo fought back from a two-set deficit to beat Australia’s Luke Saville and his Dutch partner Matwe Middelkoop 2-6 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3 in a three-hour and four-minute battle.

This equals 28-year-old Thompson’s career-best result in a Wimbledon doubles draw, having also advanced to the second round on three previous occasions (most recently in 2019).

This also marks the first time in his career that Thompson has reached the second round in both singles and doubles at Wimbledon in the same year.

John-Patrick Smith has matched his career-best doubles result at Wimbledon too, progressing to the second round for the sixth time. The 33-year-old Aussie teamed with Spain’s Pedro Martinez to record a straight-sets win against Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev and Ukrainian Denys Molchanov.

However, James Duckworth’s tournament came to an end. He lost his opening-round doubles match alongside American Marcos Giron in four sets.

A delayed start to play on day three due to inclement weather meant several scheduled matches were postponed, including ones involving Australian contenders John Peers, Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios.

In ladies’ doubles action, Aussie combination Daria Saville and Ajla Tomljanovic were knocked out in the opening round.

Aussies in action – Wimbledon

Gentlemen’s doubles, first round
Jordan Thompson (AUS)/Joao Sousa (POR) d Luke Saville (AUS)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED) 2-6 4-6 7-6(4) 6-3 6-3
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Pedro Martinez (ESP) d Andrey Golubev (KAZ)/Denys Molchanov (UKR) 6-3 7-6(1) 6-4
Aleksandr Nedovyesov (KAZ)/Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi (PAK) d James Duckworth (AUS)/Marcos Giron (USA) 6-3 6-7(10) 6-1 6-2

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2022 gentlemen’s doubles draw

Ladies’ doubles, first round
Viktoria Kuzmova (SVK)/Arantxa Rus (NED) d Daria Saville (AUS)/Ajla Tomljanovic (AUS) 6-3 6-3

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2022 ladies’ doubles draw

Gentlemen’s doubles, first round
[7] John Peers (AUS)/Filip Polasek (SVK) v Mackenzie McDonald (USA)/Botic van de Zandschulp (NED)
[10] Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Nick Kyrgios (AUS)
v Aljaz Bedene (SLO)/Soonwoo Kwon (KOR)
[14] Matthew Ebden (AUS)/Max Purcell (AUS)
v Andre Goransson (SWE)/Ben McLachlan (JPN)

Gentlemen’s doubles, second round
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Pedro Martinez (ESP) v [3] Wesley Koolhof (NED)/Neal Skupski (GBR)
Jordan Thompson (AUS)/Joao Sousa (POR) v TBC

Ladies’ doubles, first round
[10] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v Kaitlyn Christian (USA)/Panna Udvardy (HUN)
[12] Sam Stosur (AUS)
/Latisha Chan (TPE) v Aliona Bolsova (ESP)/Ingrid Neel (USA)
Storm Sanders (AUS)
/Belinda Bencic (SUI) v Dalma Galfi (HUN)/Dayana Yastremska (UKR)
Astra Sharma (AUS)/Ulrikke Eikeri (NOR) v Alison Riske (USA)/CoCo Vandeweghe (USA)
Monique Adamczak (AUS)/Katarzyna Kawa (POL) v [7] Alexa Guarachi (CHI)/Andreja Klepac (SLO)

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