In London’s 2015 Wimbledon tennis tournament, there are only seven men competing for the U.S., which is the smallest group to play in the main draw of the tournament since 1947, when only five American men played on the grass courts at the French Open. From the results of the French Open, Wimbledon 2015 looks to be an exciting match up.
There were four men from the U.S. who played participated in Monday’s action, but only three won their matches. John Isner, who is marked at the No. 17 seed, Steve Johnson, who is ranked at No. 52, and Denis Kudla, ranked at No. 105, who also eliminated Pablo Cuevas, at No. 28.
On Tuesday, June 30; in the first round was Jack Sock, who is seeded at No. 31, Sam Querey at the No.
37 seed. and Tim Smyczek who is ranked at 77 are set to play. Sock, who is 22-years-old, is seeded in his first men’s singles Grand Slam tournament. He was partnered with Vosik Pospisil (Canada) last year, with whom he won the men’s doubles competition, but he ended up losing the men’s singles in the second round. Sam Groth, who is from Australia and is an excellent server with a ranking of 69, will be Sock’s opponent on Tuesday. It will be the second time Sock and Groth will face each other. Previously, Sock and Pospisil beat Groth and his partner in doubles, and eliminated them in the first round.
Querey, who is ranked at No. 77, will have to play a qualifier with the Netherland’s Igor Sisling. Smyczek will face Italy’s Fabio Fognini, who is a bit unstable and was fined for his behavior at last year’s Wimbledon tournament due to the way he celebrated his win, which cost him
On Tuesday, the action started back up for the men’s 2015 Wimbledon tournament, which follows right after the French Open tournament and includes five grass court tournaments played just before the men’s Wimbledon, in order to decide who will play in the Wimbledon Grand Slam. The five men who won the titles will play in the first round matches; Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, and Roger Federer, who are all previous Wimbledon champions, as well as Denis Iomin and Nicolas Mahut. There has been 14 winners of the French Open who have gone on to also win Wimbledon, a stat which dates back to the late 1960s.
Nadal has played in the tournament since 2006, except for in 2009 when he had an injury, and has made it to the final round every time. Federer beat him in the 2006 and 2007 title matches, and in 2008 he won against Federer. In 2010, he won against Tomas Berdych, but in 2011 he started struggling somewhat due to losing to Novac Djokovic, who is currently ranked at the No. 1 seed. In 2012 and 2013, he also lost. Nadal is seeded at No. 10, and will face Brazil’s Thomas Bellucci, who ranked at No. 42 in the first round. He has played Bellucci on multiple occasions, and has beaten him every time.
After a fascinating French Open, this year’
s men’s draw at Wimbledon will have a difficult time matching that excitement. Djokovic was upset by Sta Wawrinka for the championship, although the loss did not take the shine off Djokovic as he still enters the Grand Slam as the favorite to win. Wawrinka is at the No. 4 seed, Federer is at No. 2, and Murray is at No. 3. Federer, Djokovic, Murray, and Nadal have won the last 12 men’s singles, however; this year, with players like Wawrinka, the competition is stiff.
The 2015 men’s singles at Wimbledon is promising to be an exciting one, with extremely talented and determined tennis players. There are at least four other tennis players besides Wawrinka who should give the top four seeds a run for their money. The action starts back up again on Tuesday, June 30, 2015.
Commentary by Katherine Miller-Chichester
Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
SB Nation: Wimbledon 2015 Bracket, schedule and scores for men’s draw
Yahoo news: Wimbledon look ahead, smallest group of men since 1947
BBC sports: Men’s singles results
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