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Eastbourne & Wimbledon Qualies: It's All About The Brits

Posted by gauloises1 on June 15, 2009

It’s that time of year again. I could fight it, but I’m going to go with it. C’MON TIM!

First up, I have to mention John Milton, Dan Cox, Marcus Willis and Alex Slabinsky, all of whom won their first-round match in the Wimbledon qualifying at Roehampton. (I have to not mention Chris Eaton, Richard Bloomfield and Dan Smethurst, all of whom lost.) Milton and Willis did the best, overcoming huge ranking disparities to beat Alexandre Sidorenko (last seen pushing Marat Safin in the first round at Roland Garros) and Amer Delic respectively. Please bear in mind that these are Brits who were too shit to get a wildcard. Wrap your heads around that concept.

In fairness, the AELTC was too busy handing out wildcards to those who are proven failures (see: Bogdanovic, Alex) to spare any for those who are as yet unknown qualities. But come on you boyos! You only need to win two more matches and then you can lose in the first round of Wimbledon!

In Eastbourne, an entire three – count them, three – British players are into the second round. Wildcard Josh Goodall beat Japan’s Tatsuma Ito in straight sets.

AEGON International 2009 Joshua Goodall

Wildcard James Ward had an even more impressive victory, against someone I’ve actually heard of; he defeated Victor Crivoi 61 63.


He once took a set off Marat Safin, you know.

And in “this asshat’s just fucking with me now” news, Alex Bogdanovic defeated Ivo Minar 64 76(3).


I hate him so much it gives me energy.

Hot doubles specialist Colin Fleming was not so lucky, bowing out to Lu 76(2) 16 63, and Mel South fell to Dushevina 64 62 in the final round of qualifying. But wildcard doubles pairing Keothavong and Borwell beat Jans and Rosolska and looked very nice and pretty doing it.

borwell and keo

Go girls.

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  1. naughty T 14 count 'em said

    Milton is dreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeammmmmmmmy with the emphasis
    on the mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

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