Ebene News – EN – Polmans and Bolt kick off men’s Wimbledon tilt

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

If you can’t draw a 20-time Grand Slam champion in your SW19 debut, surely the best thing to do is have a match you really want to win – and the player of 24 years old was lucky against Lu Yen-hsun, a Taiwanese player ranked No625 in the world

Melbourne Polmans, who is ranked 154th and looked way ahead of the pair, triumphed 6-2 7-5 4-6 6-1 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 in the dim light that had accumulated 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

“I’m super motivated to qualify and with my very first main draw win 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 I was able to close him in the fourth”

When asked where he ranks among his career wins, Polmans, who made three qualifying matches at Roehampton last week to get to the big road party, said: “I think that I’ll probably put this in my first! “

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

He conceded a surprise 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 7-5 victory over experienced Serbian world Non44 Filip Krajinovic, 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

Alex Bolt, Wimbledon

Ebene News – AU – Polmans, Bolt kicks Wimbledon men’s tilt

Source: https://7news.com.au/sport/tennis/polmans-bolt-launch-mens-wimbledon-tilt-c-3264477