Stefanos Tsitispas

A few minutes after Zverev, another contender was sent back home: Thomas Fabbiano overcame Stefanos Tsitisipas in a 5-set marathon 6-4 3-6 6-4 6-7 6-3. He’ll next meet Ivo Karlovic, who defeated Andrea Arnaboldi in straight sets to become he oldest player to win a match at Wimbledon since Ken Rosewall in 1975.

In the other matches today, Novak Djokovic began his title defence with an comfortable win over Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-5 6-3. 18-yr old Felix Auger-Aliassime clinched his main Grand Slam victory with a 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-3 win over fellow countryman Vasek Pospisil.

In the women’s draw, recent Roland Garros runner-up Marketa Vondrousova was beaten by Madison Brengle while Simona Halep was made to work to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 7-5.
But the talk of the day was 15-yr old Cori Gauff who defeated idol Venus Williams 6-4 6-4. The young American became the youngest player to win a Grand Slam match since Anna Kournikova at the 1996 US Open and the youngest to win at Wimbledon since Jennifer Capriati in 1991!

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Alexander Zverev out in the first round at Wimbledon

Naomi Osaka and Alexander Zverev fell at the first hurdle but it hardly comes as a surprise.

Zverev has had a nightmare of a season so far with only a title in Geneva and early exits at the Australian Open, Indian Wells, Miami and most recently in Stuttgart and Halle. He also suffered stunning losses to Struff, Ferrer, Munar, Garin and Jarry. Today he lost to Jiri Vesely in 4 sets.

As for 2-time Grand Slam champion Osaka, she admitted prior to the Championships that she was relieved not to be number one anymore, as she had not been prepared for the pressure that being number one brought. Beaten today by Yulia Putintseva 6-7 2-6,  she became the first top-two seed to lose in the women’s first round since Martina Hingis in 2001.

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Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon 2019

A few weeks after his 12th Roland Garros title, Rafael Nadal will start his quest to a third Wimbledon crown against Yuichi Sugita. He could next face Nick Kyrgios in the second round, Denis Shapovalov in the third, Marin Cilic in the fourth and Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals, before a semifinal showdown against Roger Federer, and an eventual final against Novak Djokovic.

Rafa will be wearing the NikeCourt AeroReact shirt and NikeCourt Flex Ace shorts.

His shoe of choice is the NikeCourt Zoom Cage 3:

Andy Murray made a winning comeback last week at Queen’s where he claimed the doubles title with Feliciano Lopez. The 3-time Grand Slam champion will be back at Wimbledon, as he is set to play alongside Frenchman Pierre Hugues-Herbert. Murray has not played at the All England Club since his quarterfinal loss to Sam Querrey two years ago.

He plans to play the mixed doubles too but has been turned down by recent Roland Garros champion Ash Barty and Kiki Mladenovic, but …. Serena Williams declared herself available to pair up with Murray.

Murray recently signed a contract with British start-up Castore, and will be wearing their Wimbledon product range:

Castore’s Wimbledon collection is available online.

Kei Nishikori Wimbledon outfit

Beaten by Rafael Nadal in the Roland Garros quarterfinals, Kei Nishikori will try to match his best result on London’s grass, a quarterfinal last year. He will hit the courts wearing UNIQLO’s new collection:

Kei and Roger Federer’s outfits are available on UNIQLO website.

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