26/02/2024

Alex De Minaur enters Wimbledon with a career-high world ranking. Photo: Tennis Australia

The enigmatic Nick Kyrgios will take to the court for the first time since the Australian Open, whilst Alex De Minaur enters the Grand Slam with a career-high world ranking of 15th. All eight Aussie men previewed before #Wimbledon begins play tonight.

A full list of nine Aussie men will enter the first round of the 2021 Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles draw, beginning on Monday June 28th.

The enigmatic Nick Kyrgios will take to the court for the first time since the Australian Open, whilst Alex De Minaur enters the Grand Slam with a career-high world ranking of 15th.

John Millman

The 32-year-old Aussie took his biggest scalp on grass earlier this month, besting the huge serve of giant Reilly Opelka, the 32nd ranked player in the world. His confidence will be sky high as he enters his sixth Wimbledon main draw.

Millman has been given a tough task in the first round in the form of Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut. He was a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2019 and holds a 5-0 record in head-to-heads.

Alex De Minaur

Australia’s number one man enters the All England Club in the form of his career. The 22-year-old Sydney-sider took out ATP Eastbourne just two days ago over the talented Lorenzo Sonego in the greatest indication yet that he has the capability of going deep into the second week of Wimbledon from 2021 and beyond.

His career-high singles ranking of 15th is just-reward for the dogged, determined style of play the youngster exhibits on the court that has seen him go 8-2 on grass this season. He may not be the most naturally gifted tennis player in the world, but he gets every ounce of ability out of himself and leaves nothing on the court.

De Minaur will match up with rising American Sebastian Korda who will prove a tough task first up. The Aussie can expect meetings with top-10 players Stefanos Tsitsipas and Denis Shapovalov to progress from his quarter.

Alexei Popyrin

Popyrin won his first ATP title in March and has made leaps and bounds as a singles player in 2021. In 2019 he made it to the second round by defeating Pablo Carreno-Busta and will be hoping to go further this season.

It may prove difficult with a first round matchup with former-world number four Kei Nishikori. The Japanese fan-favourite often performs well at the start of big tournaments.

Popyrin won his opening match at Wimbledon in 2019. Photo: Tennis Australia

Jordan Thompson

Thompson has had a tough go of things in 2021, but loves the fast grass surface and is always a threat due to his hard-hitting, fiery style of play.

He faces another tough opponent after years of unfortunate draws at the All England Club. The talented Norwegian Casper Ruud awaits for the Australian, which will be a high-quality contest between differing styles.

Marc Polmans

The legionnaire-wearing Polmans has qualified for a main draw for the first time in his career. He carries solid form in the past six months on the Challenger circuit, and has a brilliant first round matchup.

Polmans heads into his first round matchup as the favourite after a nice schedule against the lowest ranked player in the draw – Chinese Taipei’s Yen-Hsun Lu (624th in the world). He has a number of clay court specialists on his side of the draw, but would also have to get through Novak Djokovic in the fourth round to progress.

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Nick Kyrgios

Kyrgios will play on overseas courts for the first time in 16 months at Wimbledon. It’s a tough ask for the must-watch tennis star, and he will be heavily relying on his world-class serve to navigate his matches. Expectations shouldn’t be too high, as he targets the Olympics and the US Open later in the year.

The tennis Gods have had fun making this first round matchup. Kyrgios will face Frenchman Ugo Humbert in a rematch of their second round clash at the Australian Open this year. In that match, Kyrgios saved multiple match points to progress to the third round in enthralling fashion. Kyrgios, the 61st ranked player in the world, enters the match as a slight underdog to progress.

Nick Kyrgios lost out to Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon in 2019. Photo: Tennis Australia

James Duckworth

The 88th ranked player in men’s tennis has had a month to remember on court. Six wins on grass has given him a boost to take on Wimbledon this season after disappointing performances in past years.

Duckworth has a great opportunity to progress from the first round whe he faces Radu Albot in the first round.

Chris O’Connell

The Aussie has made great progress in 2021, making it to the second round of the Australian Open and making his Roland Garros debut.

O’Connell will enter his matchup as a slight favourite. That is crazy when considering he faces a top-20 player in the world in Gael Monfils. However, the dynamic Frenchman has been anything but dynamic this year, winning just two games which has seen his ranking plummet over the last few months.

Alex Bolt

Bolt has struggled in 2021 but won an ATP Challenger title in Nottingham to qualify for the tournament as a Wildcard. His change of fortunes from a nine-match losing streak has seen Bolt play some really good tennis of late, and he will enter the Grand Slam in better form than any other tournament this year.

Filip Krajinovic awaits first up, who has never won a match at Wimbledon but will be hoping to rid himself of that in 2021.

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