Delbonis mainly specializes in clay. The South American is ranked 85th in the world and has never won a match at Wimbledon. Van Riethoven is 20 places below. The 25-year-old Dutchman recently won the ATP Tour Championships in Rosmalen and is therefore welcome to the third major tournament of the season with a wild card.
The volatile Greek-Italian Talon Racecourse will face Fabio Fognini in the opening round. Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz (19) may be waiting for victory. Alcaraz starts Wimbledon against Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
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Botic van de Zandschulp, seed 21, meets Feliciano Lopez. The 40-year-old Spaniard has been on sacred grass three times in the past, but most recently hasn’t won a match. Last week, he immediately fell in Mallorca in front of the Greek track.
In the absence of the current world number one, Russia’s defending champion Daniil Medvedev, Novak Djokovic, is ranked number one. He will face 24-year-old Serbian South Korean Son Woo Kwon in the first round.
Spain’s Rafael Nadal, the 22-times Grand Slam champion, will meet Argentina’s Francisco Serendolo in the first round.
Among the women, Arantexa Ross is the only Dutch participant. She meets Catherine Harrison on her opening tour. The American is the 264th in the world, having reached the main tournament by qualifying. Russian (31) is ranked 86th in the world ranking and is therefore directly accepted.
World number one Iga Swiatek will face Croatian seed Jana Vet in the opening round. Poland’s Proland Garros won a few weeks ago. Serena Williams will face Harmony Tan of France on her singles return. The 40-year-old American competes with wild card in the Grand Slam which she has won seven times. Williams returned to the doubles this week on the grass in Eastbourne after a year-long absence.
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As Russians and Belarusians are not allowed to compete at Wimbledon, the ATP and WTA have decided there will be no points competition in London this year.
Wimbledon starts on Monday.
Simona Halep suffered an injury shortly before Wimbledon. The world number one withdrew due to complaints in his neck to duel with Bianca Andreescu in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships in Bad Homburg. It turns out that the 30-year-old Romanian, who is fourth, was not fit enough to play against Andreescu.
In the Wimbledon draw, Halep was matched in the first round with Karolina Mochova of the Czech Republic. The Romanian won the Grand Slam title on English lawn in 2019. A year earlier, she had triumphed at Roland Garros.
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