Hewett falls at first hurdle of what could be his final Championship

Britain’s Alfie Hewett falls at first hurdle of what could be his final Championship, while Rafael Nadal confirms his return to the Citi Open in Washington

  • Alfie Hewett fell at the first hurdle in what could be his final Championship
  • Leo Borg was beaten 6-1 6-2 in under an hour by world No 63 Vojtech Petr, 16
  • Tiley says the Australian Open will struggle to enforce strict quarantine rules
  • Rafael Nadal will return from his break to play at the Citi Open in Washington
  • Pliskova’s victory over Sabalenka means one of the more quirky curses goes on 

French Open champion Alfie Hewett opened his Wimbledon wheelchair singles campaign against Joachim Gerard on Thursday but quickly found difficulties. 

Bjorn Borg’s son Leo was also beaten 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour by unseeded Vojtech Petr, 16, in the second round of the boys’ singles.

While Rafael Nadal confirmed he would return from his short break to play at the Citi Open in Washington, which begins later this month. 

Here’s Sportsmail’s court recap of this summer’s Championships so far…  

Here’s Sportsmail’s court recap of this summer’s Championships so far…

This was not in the script. In what could prove his final Championships, Britain’s Alfie Hewett fell at the first hurdle.

In his opening match of the wheelchair singles, the No 2 seed was beaten by world No 4 Joachim Gerard of Belgium. Hewett, a five-time Grand Slam champion, has never triumphed in the Wimbledon singles and lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday to the Australian Open king.

After that disappointment, his hopes now rest on the doubles event where alongside Scotland’s Gordon Reid, Hewett is favourite for a fourth Wimbledon title. Then comes the Paralympics, but after the Games in Tokyo there could be a change to the classifications which would mean Hewett’s disability is no longer severe enough to compete.

Britain’s Alfie Hewett faltered at the first hurdle in what could be his final Championship 

Bjorn Borg’s son Leo is learning the ropes 

Every cloud and all that. Bjorn Borg’s son Leo was beaten 6-1, 6-2 in less than an hour by unseeded Vojtech Petr, 16, in the second round of the boys’ singles on Thursday.

That blond shadow looms large. Despite his defeat, it was also confirmed that Borg Jnr, 18, would get a wildcard for the Poznan Open on the Challenger Tour. 

He has already received one to play qualifying for next week’s Nordea Open, an ATP 250 event. Sometimes famous fathers can come in handy.

Leo Borg (above), was beaten 6-1 6-2 in under an hour by world No 63 Vojtech Petr, 16

Concerns over Australian Open 

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has sounded a warning siren ahead of next year’s tournament. 

Tiley conceded they would struggle to enforce the same strict quarantine rules that allowed this year’s edition to go ahead.

The decision to cancel the Australian Grand Prix has fuelled concerns ahead of 2022’s opening major. 

Back in February, players had to spend 14 days in hotel isolation and were only allowed out for a few hours’ training. 

‘They’re not going to be open to doing that now because it’s not something they’re doing round the world,’ Tiley admitted.

Australian Open boss Craig Tiley (above) conceded that the tournament would struggle to enforce the same strict quarantine rules that allowed the 2021 edition to go ahead

Rafael Nadal is ready to play stateside

It will be of little comfort to the fans who had hoped to see their ageing hero on the grass of Wimbledon, but it was confirmed Rafael Nadal would return from his short break to play at the Citi Open in Washington, which begins later this month.

 The 35-year-old has been away since losing in the French Open semi-finals, opting to sit out Wimbledon and the Olympics ‘after listening to my body’. 

That break included playing in the Balearic Golf Championship. As you do.

Rafael Nadal will return from his break to play at the Citi Open in Washington this month

Still no one-two in final

Karolina Pliskova’s comeback win over Aryna Sabalenka means one of the quirkier statistics in women’s tennis continues: not since the 2018 Australian Open — 13 majors and counting — have the No 1 and 2 seeds met in the final of a major. 

The top seeds haven’t met at Wimbledon since the 2002 final, when Serena Williams beat sister Venus.

Pliskova’s victory over Sabalenka means one of women’s tennis’ more quirky curses goes on




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