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Live Blog : Monday 17 June 2013

Goodbye for now

18:56We'll be back tomorrow at about 10.30am as the ladies enter the fray in qualifying - and we'll try to bring you a little inside info from the practice courts at Wimbledon where Djokovic, Murray, Sharapova, Azarenka, Serena and Nadal are among the superstars testing out the All England Club grass...

18:51Our last singles result is in from qualifying - and I'm a little bit disappointed to tell you that Guilherme Clezar couldn't quite get over the line. Looking for his first professional win on grass and his first win in Grand Slam qualifying, the Brazilian loses 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 to Spain's Javier Marti.

18:46And over in the Netherlands, at the newly-monikered Top Shelf Open, John Isner - who's usually among the players the big guns want to avoid early on at Wimbledon - surprisingly lost to Evgeny Donskoy. All four seeds in action so far at the tournament have lost. So there you go: grass is the great leveller.

18:41While we await for the conclusion of Clezar v Marti, an update from the Aegon International in Eastbourne: seventh seed Ana Ivanovic is out, beaten by Elena Vesnina, but there have been wins for Heather Watson and Marion Bartoli.

18:34This looks like Guilherme Clezar's first professional match on grass. The 20-year-old has never played a Grand Slam main draw match. He has entered qualifying at four other Grand Slams and never won a match. I'll be honest, I'm starting to root for him - which can only be bad news for Clezar.

18:29That leaves us with one singles match still to finish - and it's a close one. Guilherme Clezar of Brazil and Javier Marti of Spain are level at a set all and on serve in the third.

18:26Three out of four Canadians are through to the second round as Frank Dancevic joins Filip Peliwo and Steven Diez in the winners' circle.

Upset Alert

18:18We have another SHOCK. Top seed Dudi Sela is out, beaten in three sets by France's Stephane Robert. So we have already lost the top two seeds in men's qualifying, leaving Portugal's Joao Sousa as the highest seed remaining in qualifying.

18:09There have been plenty of other American winners today, I should point out. Wayne Odesnik, Bobby Reynolds, Alex Kuznetsov, Denis Kudla and Tim Smyczek are all through to the second round. Tuesday's Order of Play is already out, by the way, when the ladies join the action.

18:07A real rollercoaster few minutes for United States tennis lovers in the last few minutes. Jack Sock is clearly no Roger Federer: the second seed loses 6-2, 6-2 to Mischa Zverev, who lost love and love to the Fedster last week. But Rhyne Williams is through in straight sets.

17:49Here's some news to cheer our American friends though: Rhyne Williams is a set up over Victor Crivoi. I'm told the 21-year-old Williams went to the University of Tennessee, so he should be quite good at tenness (tennis). Apologies for that one.

17:42Interesting scoreline from Court 15: Mischa Zverev of Germany was handed a humbling double bagel by Roger Federer in the Halle quarter-finals last week, but he is bouncing back, a set up against second-seeded American Jack Sock.

17:33Just had a little look at Agustin Velotti's ATP profile and he appears to have played precisely zero matches away from the clay this season. He went out in the first round of qualifying of Wimbledon last year - the only other pro grasscourt match I can see on his CV/resume.

17:14Donald Young may be a familiar name to you - but his Wimbledon challenge is over already I'm afraid. The 23-year-old American has been beaten by Agustin Velotti of Argentina in the first round of qualies.

17:05"Thank you @wimbledon for giving me the opportunity to play in this years main draw. I'm so happy!!"

Breaking News

17:01The All England Club have given the eighth and final women's singles wild card to Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic. The others went to: Elena Baltacha, Anne Keothavong, Johanna Konta, Tara Moore, Samantha Murray, Andrea Petkovic and Alison Riske.

16:55Helen should be able to set a bit closer to Court 15 now: Dan Evans goes out 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 against the 25th seed Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. Jamie Baker, Alex Bogdanovic and David Rice are the home winners so far on day one of qualifying.

16:50"Struggling to get anywhere near Dan Evans' match. He's pulling in the crowds. Currently 4-2 down in the third...Make that 5-2"

16:45I see our No. 1 seed has sneaked into action on Court 4 - and that man is Israel's Dudi Sela, another live blog favourite. A former world No. 29, Sela has slipped to No. 88. His best Grand Slam performance was a fourth-round run at the All England Club in 2009, when he lost to Novak Djokovic.

Wang Wins

16:40Never in doubt was it? Jimmy Wang beats poor old Boy Westerhof 6-1, 6-4. The Wangwagon is officially rolling.

16:35The Ladies' Qualifying draw is OUT NOW! The top seed is Paula Ormaechea of Argentina.

16:33"Week before @Wimbledon! Have to work extra hard so I can watch matches every day! #tennislovers"

16:27Uh-oh, the jinx strikes again. No sooner had I drawn attention to Ed Corrie's excellent showing on Court 16 than he loses the decider 7-5 to ninth seed Illya Marchenko - still a decent effort though.

16:22Dan Evans now has his second chance to serve out the set - and he squeaks through this time, taking it 6-3 to force a decider. Meanwhile, fellow Brit Ed Corrie is giving ninth seed Illya Marchenko a proper fright. There are 207 places between them in the rankings but they are deep into a third set over on Court 16.

16:06Dan Evans is so so so SO close to serving out the second set 6-1, but he is pegged back to 5-2 by Daniel Munoz-De La Nava. DMDLN, as he may henceforth be known, is the 25th seed in qualies. Evans needed a wildcard to get in. And do not fret, fellow Wang Fans. Jimmy W is already a set to the good and well on his way to Round Two.

15:42If you're on Britwatch, look away now. Dan Evans - who made a decent run at Queen's last week - is down a set to Daniel Munoz-De La Nava, who admittedly is ranked significantly higher.

15:23Time for some Wang time. Wimbledon live blog favourite Jimmy Wang is about to open his 2013 campaign against Boy Westerhof of the Netherlands. Sorry Boy, but there's only Wang winner today.

15:16Little update from the Aegon International in Eastbourne where play is under way after a spot of rain earlier on: Ana Ivanovic is already out, beaten by dangerous Russian Elena Vesnina. But no such issues for former Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli, who saw off Flavia Pennetta comfortably.

15:02Pleased to report that Arthur de Greef of Belgium is through to the second round. It's been too long since we had a top-class Arthur in tennis. For me, Arthur Ashe was the last one. Unless you count Wayne Arthurs.

14:55"Good chat with Peliwo after his big win. An exceptionally nice, polite guy. In other words, an exceptionally Canadian guy"

14:48And we have a winner on Court 15 where Aussie Matt Reid comes through 7-6, 4-6, 18-16 against Somdev Devvarman in nearly four hours. Not quite a record but pretty impressive. Reid gets to face Amir Weintraub, who was the very first winner earlier today. Might be some irony in there...

14:43And that match is now finished: 2012 junior Wimbledon champion Filip Peliwo of Canada beats Bradley Klahn 9-7 in the third. Peliwo's triumph last year was part of a Canadian double as Eugenie Bouchard picked up the girls' title. Watch out, Canada are coming...

Tweet from @benrothenberg

14:41"Peliwo-Klahn match is insane. Peliwo saved 3 match pts one game, then just broke to stay alive in another. Up 8-7 in third. #Wimbledon"

14:32Ah Gary, I'm afraid I have bad news: Lewis Burton - a former junior doubles finalist at Wimbledon - was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Dustin "Dreads" Brown.

Email from Gary

14:28How's Lewis Burton getting on against "Dreads"?

14:26Excellent enthusiasm from Julie there. She's sure to be following Court 15 as avidly as I am. Devvarman and Reid are now tied at 15-15 in the third set. Nicolas Mahut should have copyrighted Wimbledon epics.

Tweet from @JulieSchwartz1

14:20"@Wimbledon qualies are underway, so happy!"

14:15As Devvarman and Reid hit 13-13 in the decider, thoughts inevitably turn to the longest ever qualifying match... And those two will have to slug it out for a bit longer yet: Nicolas Mahut beat Alex Bogdanovic 6-3, 3-6, 24-22 in 2010 for the longest ever third set.

Tweet from @southendaussies

14:09"Reid makes it 12-11 and this match has gone for over 3 and a half hours"

14:00Back from lunch to discover that Sam Groth is through to the second round, beating Great Britain's Josh Goodall 6-4, 7-6. Dustin Brown - he of the dreadlocks - is in action and is already a set to the good against another Brit, Lewis Burton. AND we have another EPIC: Matt Reid and Somdev Devvarman are at 11-11 in the decider.

13:26He didn't choke: Danai Udomchoke is through to the second round of qualifying after an epic 6-1, 5-7, 12-10 victory over Marton Fucsovics. Sorry fellas, probably not quite worthy of a plaque.

13:22Hold your breath everyone, Danai Udomchoke is serving for the match...

13:15They'll have to put a plaque on Court 8 (at Roehampton) if this carries on much longer... Danai Udomchoke and Marton Fucsovics are at 10-10 and deuce in the third set.

Tweet from @GBtennis

13:11"Yes! Jamie Baker comes from a set down to upset (17) Matteo Viola (as he did at AusOpen qualies) 46 63 64!"

13:08The first Wimbledon EPIC is upon us. Danai Udomchoke and Marton Fucsovics (a name I hoped I wouldn't have to type again) are at 9-9 in the third set. Udomochoke is a two-time second-rounder at the Championships so I'm tipping the Thai to triumph... (sorry Danai).

12:59Information fans: Sam Groth is a 25-year-old Aussie who clocked a 163 mph (263 kph) serve at a Challenger last year. More of a doubles player than singles, truth be told, but he has bagged the first set against Josh Goodall. Who wouldn't want a doubles partner with a 163 mph serve?

Wimbledon.com reporter Helen Gilbert

12:56The sun has finally broken through the thick cloud here. Former GB Davis Cup skipper John Lloyd is in the crowd watching Jamie Baker. Juniors have been overheard talking about watching Sam Groth, who has the fastest serve in the world. He's up against Josh Goodall.

Tweet from @DKislingbury

12:54"One week till @Wimbledon 2013. My favourite time of the year! #Tennis #Wimbledon"

12:44Very good question, Oliver. The ladies' qualifying draw will be out later today ready for the start of the competition tomorrow. You can follow it here via this humble live blog as well as through the live scores on the website and available via apps.

Email from Oliver

12:41"When is the ladies qualifying draw out today please? Anywhere we can follow it to get the latest info?"

12:32Those of you with an eye on the Brits in qualifying will be happy to know that Jamie Baker has levelled at a set all against 17th seeded Italian Matteo Viola. Baker is looking to appear in his sixth Championships. Alex Bogdanovic is a break up, but very early days in his match against Marek Semjan.

12:27The Wimbledon draw could be the most hotly anticipated in years. Why? Because Rafael Nadal is set to be seeded fifth, meaning he could face Djokovic, Murray or Federer in the quarter-finals. "As a player you can't get too obsessed about the draw," Murray writes in his BBC website column today. "I'd sign up to be in the quarter-finals against Rafa tomorrow if someone offered me that."

12:08Good news for 30-year-old American Bobby Reynolds, who's also a winner. But there's also bad news for the USA as former US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri is forced to withdraw and is replaced in the draw by Austria's Martin Fischer.

12:03Aaaaand we have a winner! Congrats to Amir Weintraub of Israel, beating Peter Polansky 6-2, 6-3 to move into round two of a possible three rounds of qualies. They should really just rename him Wintraub and be done with it. And apologies to Peter Polansky, that's my earliest ever jinx (see earlier).

11:51"I have won a lot in my career but not recently." So said Roger Federer after winning in Halle for his 77th title - but the first since August. That, I believe, is his longest drought since the gap between his first and second title. The defending champion will be seeded third for this year's Championships.

11:47While we await our first winner at Roehampton, how about we take a look back at the weekend's action. Over at Queen's, Andy Murray overcame the stubborn drizzle and the equally stubborn Marin Cilic to claim his third title there. There followed a highly entertaining charity doubles featuring Murray and his coach Ivan Lendl. If you haven't already, youtube it immediately.

11:32Not so much of a superhero today though as our friend Peter Polansky drops the first set 6-2. The first set of Wimbledon 2013 went to Danai Udomchoke, who rattled through 6-1 over Marton Fucsovics. Watch your spelling on that one.

11:29Ladies, gents and others, the rain may be falling at the Aegon International at Eastbourne, but play is very much under way at Roehampton across 16 courts. My eye is immediately drawn to Court One where Peter Polansky - surely an undercover superhero - is up against Amir Weintraub.

11:21As well as the all-important qualifying tournament, we'll be bringing you all the build-up to the 127th Championships. And as always, we want to hear from you: let us know how you're warming up for Wimbledon by tweeting us @Wimbledon or using #Wimbledon or you can simply use old-fashioned email: socialmedia@aeltc.com

10:43Now you may be thinking that Wimbledon doesn't start for another week - and it is indeed seven days until Roger Federer sets foot on Centre Court to open the Championships. However, there are SIXTEEN precious spots still up for grabs in the singles main draw and over the next four days, 256 players will be battling it out in qualifying at Roehampton.

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