Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tomic wins first round qualifying match

Posted June 14, 2011 09:52:00

Bernard Tomic has won his opening round match at Wimbledon qualifiers.

Compatriots Justin Lemke, Chris Guccione, Marinko Matosevic, Greg Jones and Matthew Ebden will join him in the second round.

Players must win three matches in qualifying to earn a place in the main draw at next week's grand slam.

Lleyton Hewitt is the nation's only automatic entry into the men's singles at Wimbledon this year.

But Hewitt's world ranking has blown out to 130 in the week before Wimbledon - his worst position in 13 years.

The Australian slipped 57 places in the latest rankings released on Monday after he failed to defend his ATP title in Halle last week.

The last time the 30-year-old had a worse singles ranking was in October 1998.

Injuries have greatly hampered Hewitt's ability to contest tournaments during the past 12 months, the 30-year-old only returned to action from foot surgery in Halle last week.

The former world number one collected straight-set wins against Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer and Italian Andreas Seppi before losing a tight quarter-final to Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber.

Two-time grand slam champion Hewitt has the chance to pick up some valuable rankings points at a key Wimbledon warm-up event in Eastbourne this week.

He is due to meet Olivier Rochus in their first round match on Tuesday.

Despite Hewitt's declining status, he remains Australia's highest ranked men's player ahead of Marinko Matosevic (150), Bernard Tomic (158) and Matthew Ebden (159).


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