Ten American men in qualifying draw for Wimbledon
Ten American men will compete in Roehampton this week with the hopes of earning a spot in the main draw at Wimbledon. Third-seeded Stefan Kozlov, No. 14 seed Jack Sock, No. 17 seed Ernesto Escobedo and No. 27 seed Mitchell Krueger lead the U.S. contingent in the men's qualifying draw for the year's third Grand Slam tournament, where 16 players will eventually win three matches to earn their place at the All-England Club.
Kozlov is playing Wimbledon qualifying for the fourth time in his career and arrives in London ranked a career-high No. 107, but he's hoping to break a dip of form that dates back more than three months; he's gone 2-10 in his last 12 matches. He's never played in Wimbledon's main draw, and opens his qualifying campaign against 23-year-old Evan Furness of France, the world No. 229.
After missing the Australian Open and losing in the first round of qualifying at Roland Garros, Sock is bidding to play his first main draw at Wimbledon since 2018. The former Top 10 player had a strong grass-court season coming in: he reached the semifinals at the ATP Challenger in Nottingham and barely missed out on the last Wimbledon main draw wild card. As the No. 5 seed at the ATP Challenger in Ilkley, where the winner is traditionally awarded a spot at Wimbledon if he's not already in the draw, Sock lost to qualifier Zizou Bergs of Belgium in the final, 7-6(7), 2-6, 7-6(6), and Bergs received the wild card. Sock will play Argentina's Andrea Collarini in his first qualifying match.
The six other Americans in the draw are unseeded: Christopher Eubanks, Christian Harrison, Bradley Klahn, Thai-Son Kwiatkowski, Michael Mmoh and Nicolas Moreno de Alboran. Two of them drew seeds in the first round; Eubanks will play Chilean No. 11 seed Tomas Barrios Vera, while Moreno de Alboran, who played college tennis at UC Santa Barbara, will play French No. 20 seed Manuel Guinard. Additionally, Klahn and Kwiatkowski are entered on injury-protected rankings. Kwiatkowski, the 2017 NCAA singles champion, is playing his first match of the 2022 season.
First Rounds for American Men in 2022 Wimbledon Qualifying
(3) Stefan Kozlov vs. Evan Furness (FRA)
(14) Jack Sock vs. Andrea Collarini (ARG)
(17) Ernesto Escobedo vs. Zhang Zhizhen (CHN)
(27) Mitchell Krueger vs. (WC) Luca Pow (GBR)
Christopher Eubanks vs. (11) Tomas Barrios Vera (CHI)
Nicolas Moreno de Alboran vs. (20) Manuel Guinard (FRA)
(PR) Bradley Klahn vs. Andrea Vavassori (ITA)
Michael Mmoh vs. Gerard Melzer (AUT)
(PR) Thai-Son Kwiatkowski vs. Facundo Mena (ARG)
Christian Harrison vs. (WC) Anton Matusevich (GBR)
The full Wimbledon men's qualifying draw can be found here. Women's qualifying will begin on Tuesday, and that draw will be released on Monday. Wimbledon begins on June 27.
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