Ebene News – AU – Kyrgios sees five-set classic cut short by Wimbledon curfew after tantrum fueled comeback

Nick Kyrgios overcame a temper tantrum and his six-month sabbatical from tennis to host a captivating Wimbledon match “To be continued “day three

The Australian’s thrilling first-round encounter with talented young Frenchman Ugo Humbert was suspended to two sets each five minutes before 11:00 p.m. local time due to a curfew in London

Kyrgios and Humbert were stuck at 3-3 in the deciding set when officials called the time out on a rainy second day of the championship

A strong advocate for no tour during the coronavirus pandemic, Kyrgios is playing his first tournament outside Australia in 18 months

Yet the mercurial talent showed few signs of rusting by winning the first set in a sublime manner

But he burned down after losing two sets to one, complaining about the seemingly slower pitch speed

“Guys, to watch you at home, it should be quick here it should be quick It’s lawn tennis,” he mumbled

After berating himself on the switch and complaining that Humbert was “playing too big”, he responded with three aces and another unrecoverable serve in hopes of making a statement

Kyrgios beat Humbert in the fourth game, then again in the sixth to tie all two sets

But his momentum was interrupted when the officials ended the match of the day one hour before midnight with the score of 6-4, 4-6, 3-6, 6-1, 3-3

Qualifier Marc Polmans and wildcard Alex Bolt kicked off the Australian men’s challenge at Wimbledon, both qualifying for first-round wins to bring some cheer at the end of another day rainy at the All England Club

Chris O’Connell’s candidacy to join his compatriots in the second round has again been put on hold as a slippery slope forced the cancellation of his five-set thriller with French star Gael Monfils for Tuesday night

Polmans had hoped he would draw Roger Federer in the first round of Wimbledon, but the Victorian will be happy with his consolation prize as he triumphed in his very first All England Club game

154th-ranked Melbourne Polmans triumphed 6-2, 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 over Taiwanese Lu Yen-hsun in two and a half hours to secure his place in the second round of a slam for the third time

In slippery conditions and with the gloom that set in by the time he arrived on the pitch several hours later than expected, the South African-born player called his triumph the best of his career

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“I am super motivated to qualify and with my very first win in the main draw at Wimbledon,” he said

“It was extremely difficult conditions, late at night and it was starting to get dark and slippery

“When he fought to win the third set I thought we would be in another long so I’m grateful that he was able to close it in the fourth”

Bolt, a 28-year-old Murray Bridge player, continued an exciting few weeks after his triumph in a pre-Wimbledon Challenger event at Nottingham earned him a wildcard

He conceded a surprise 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 7-5 victory over experienced Serbian world number 44 Filip Krajinovic, who is ranked 105 places higher than the Australian

Like Polmans, Bolt felt winning a round at Wimbledon was probably the highlight of his career

O’Connell’s match with 13th seed Monfils has been suspended since Monday as the duo are set to start a third set of tiebreakers

When Monfils won the break 7-5, the Sydneysider had their work cut out for them but responded to win the fourth set 6-4, although he lost a break and 3-2 when the pitch was considered too treacherous for the match to continue

Previously, Australian Alex De Minaur was sent to the first round by rising American star Sebastian Korda

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Ebene News – AU – Kyrgios sees five-set classic cut short by Wimbledon curfew after comeback caused by a temper tantrum

Source: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-06-30/wimbledon-curfew-stops-kyrgios-humbert-classic-at-3-3-in-fifth/100254732