It was a mixed day for the Brits in the Boys’ Singles on a rain affected Tuesday at the All England Club. Despite the weather, all but six of the scheduled second round matches were completed.
However, there was no action for either No.1 seed Luke Saville, or No.2 seed Kimmer Coppejans as both their respective ties were cancelled due to rain. Junior British No.4, Luke Bambridge, was also affected as his match with Maximilian Marterer was the only other cancellation.
There was disappointment for British No.12 seed, Josh Ward-Hibbert earlier in the day as he was knocked out of the second round by Elias Ymer. The 18-year-old from Nottinghamshire resumed his match against the Swede having lost the first set 6-0 on Monday before rain stopped play. Trailing 2-0 in the second set, the Brit lasted just 10 minutes before retiring with a shoulder injury.
Nevertheless, there was some good news for Ward-Hibbert’s doubles partner, Liam Broady, who survived a scare to overcome 14-year-old qualifier Stefan Kozlov. The baby faced American is the youngest player in the draw by over a year but showed no fear in the opening set as he took the 5th seed to a tie-break
Kozlov, who grew up at his dad’s tennis academy in Florida, raced into a 4-1 lead thanks to errors from Broady, and then held his nerve to clinch it 7-3.
Broady struggled for consistency throughout the opening set, hitting 22 unforced errors and five double faults. The aggressive left-hander came out fighting in the second set, earning an immediate break point before rain interrupted proceedings.
Following the resumption of play, Broady demonstrated his superiority as he cruised to claim the following sets, 6-0, 6-4 to complete the victory in 1 hour 59 minutes.
Broady was upbeat on his second round victory over Kozlov. ‘’Obviously the rain delay helped me out a bit, but I came into the first game (second set) very focused, but it helped me because it’s happened to me before and it was his first time here.’’
‘’ (In the next game) I’d like to be a bit more solid, stay aggressive and keep my game going’’. Broady faces Enzo Coucacoud from France in the third round.’’
Elsewhere, it was a successful day for the seeds as seventh seed, Kaichi Uchida of Japan beat Pol Toledo Bague in straight sets. While Canadian prodigy Filip Peliwo is on track to make his third Junior Grand Slam final in a row, after he eased passed Yoshihita Nishioka 6-1, 6-2. Wednesday will see the conclusion of Mitchell Krueger’s match with Borna Coric, with the American 8th seed leading by a set and 1-2 down in the second set tie-break.
The game of the day was on Court No.4 as 16-year-old No.3 seed Gianluigi Quinzi battled his way to a 6-1, 6-7(9), 8-6 victory over Christian Garin.