The ban on Russian players: Tennis fans at Wimbledon are split over the decision to ban Russian players at this year’s event. Organisers made the decision to ban Russian and Belarusian players from the tournament, due to the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. Fans admit they understand why the decision was taken, though some questioned why players who can’t choose where they were born should be affected.
Women’s singles: Simona Halep, the 2019 Wimbledon champion, looks to be cruising to victory with a minimum of fuss over the Czech Republic’s Karolina Muchova. Seeded 16th in this year’s tournament, the Romanian won the first set 6-3 and leads 4-1 in the second after less than an hour’s play.
Women’s singles: Two-times Wimbledon champion and the winner of last week’s Eastbourne event, the Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova is a set down in her first round match against the Italian Jasmine Paolini, who is seeking her first career win on grass. Kvitova lost the first set 6-2 but is a break up early doors in the second.
Heather Watson speaks: Heather Watson was reduced to tears after reaching the second round of Wimbledon on the back of her four-set win over Tamara Korpatsch on Court One.
The win allowed her to exorcise theghosts of last year where she squandered match points to lose to Kristie Ahn in the first round. “These are the moments you dream of as a little girl,” she said in her on-court interview. “I don’t know why I’m getting emotional. I think I have had a really rough couple of years, like so many other people have. So this means a lot.
“I had a bit of a disaster match last year on this court, having match points. I really wanted to turn it around and win this year.”
Men’s singles: After exactly one hour of play, Rafael Nadal is a set to the good in his match against Francisco Cerundolo on Centre Court, having taken the opener 6-4.
Paul Jubb was involved in a thrilling five-setter with Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon but could not pull off a shock as he suffered a 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 7-5 loss.
The British No8 threatened to produce a shock result when he reeled off the opening set in 23 minutes, while his eccentric opponent hinted at implosion when he blasted a tennis ball out of Court No3.
Kyrgios had reached the semi-finals in Stuttgart and Halle in the build-up to SW19 and regained his composure to enough of an extent to fight back and move within a whisker of round two.
But Jubb kept his cool to take a fourth set tie-breaker and force a decider, where despite the best efforts of the world No219, it was the Australian who prevailed in no large part thanks to 30 aces.
It took a mixture of big-serving and an array of glorious winners to send Kyrgios through after three hours and five minutes, with a sprinkle of trademark chatter with line judges and spectators thrown in for good measure.
“It was incredibly tough,” said Kyrgios in his on-court interview. “Obviously he’s a local wild card, he had nothing to lose, played the moment and played some exceptional tennis.
“The crowd was pretty rowdy today, a couple of people in the crowd were not shy of criticising me. That one was for you. You know who you are. Obviously Wimbledon the last couple of years has been a strange one, a different feel, but it’s special coming out here playing in front of full courts. I’m happy to be through and now just rest up.” (Staff and agencies)
Men’s singles: Playing his first match on grass in three years and returning after a long struggle with a foot injury, Rafael Nadal is in action on Centre Court. His opponent is the 22-year-old Argentinian Francisco Cerundolo, who says his Spanish opponent was his idol growing up. It’s currently 4-3 to Nadal in the first set with each player have broken the other’s serve once.
Women’s singles: American No11 seed Coco Gauff survived a scare to come from a set down and beat Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse 2-6, 6-3, 7-5.
Brit-watch: Heather Watson has booked her spot in the second round with a three-set win over Tamara Korpatsch. The British No4 was forced to come back to Court One after her match was suspended last night due to the local curfew tied at one set all. She finished the job in style on Tuesday, winning 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-2.
Men’s singles: Nick Kyrgios holds serve to go 6-5 up against Paul Jubb, who is serving to stay in the match. The players trade points before Jubb sends a cross-court forehand from the baseline well wide, before allowing a long Kyrgios forehand past him only to see it clip the line.
The Aussie has two match points and Jubb saves the first before sending another forehand wide. Game, set and match Nick Kyrgios, who wins 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-5. It was a heroic effort from the 22-year-old wild card from Hull but the experience of the streetwise Kyrgios proved crucial in the end.
Men’s singles: What a match this is! At 5-3 up in the final set, Nick Kyrgios saves two break points to take his service game to deuce but a sensational drop shot from Paul Jubb under the most intense pressure gives the Briton advantage. An unforced error from Kyrgios is greeted by roars from the crowd. Jubb holds his nerve and serve in the next game to take the final set to 5-5.
The dream is dying for Paul Jubb, who trails 4-2 in the fifth set of his match against Nick Kyrgios on Court No18, having lost his service game to 15.
Men’s singles: It’s going with serve in Paul Jubb’s final set decider against Nick Kyrgios. The Australian leads 3-2 but Jubb missed a glorious opportunity to break him in his last service game, running on a to a forehand with plenty of court to aim for only to mess up his return. At one point between serves, all present were treated to a loud cry of “C’mon, Jubby lad!” in a broad Hull accent. “Jubby” will be a very popular winner in his home city if he can pull off a most unlikely upset.
Women’s singles: The Polish No1 seed Iga Swiatek has beaten Croatia’s Jana Fett 6-0, 6-3 on Centre Court in 75 minutes.
The youngster from Hull wins his fourth set tie-break against Nick Kyrgios to take their first round match into a fifth anbd deciding set. During the changeover, a visibly rattled Kyrgios is ranting at the umpire over a line-call he felt should could have gone his way but didn’t. He’s in a very chippy mood today.
Men’s singles: Paul Jubb and Nick Kyrgios are contesting a tie-break in the fourth set of their match on Court No3 and the British player has a mini-break. He trails 2-1 in sets.
Women’s singles: Women’s No1 seed Iga Swiatek is a set up on Croatia’s Jana Fett and leads 5-3 in the second on Centre Court. Meanwhile on Court No2, Coco Gauff has won the second set of her match against Elena-Gabriela Ruse and has broken her opponent’s serve in the third. It’s 2-1 to Gauff in the decider.
Nick Kyrgios v Paul Jubb: A comically irate Kyrgios leads Paul Jubb by two sets to one but trails 4-3 in a third set that is going with serve. A 22-year-old from a council estate in Hull, Jubb is doing himself and his city proud.
Women’s singles: Xinyu Wang, the 20-year-old from China, has withdrawn from The Championships with a reported thigh injury. She will be replaced in the draw by her 23-year-old compatriot Yue Yuan, who earns a later reprieve after losing in last week’s qualifiers to the American Catherine Harrison.
Brit-watch: British No7 Jay Clarke is out of the men’s singles after going down in straight sets to American qualifier Christian Harrison. The duo resumed their match this afternoon after it was suspended late last night, but Harrison needed just 15 minutes to wrap up a 7-6 (3), 6-1, 7-6 (6) win on Court 18.
Coco Gauff is in a spot of bother. On Court No2, the American French Open runner-up and No11 seed is a set down but 3-2 up in the second against Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse.
Brit-watch: Wild card Ryan Peniston got his Wimbledon debut off to a wonderful start with a straight-sets victory over Switzerland’s Henri Laaksonen.
The 26-year-old from Southend, who is enjoying a breakthrough summer after reaching the quarter-finals at Nottingham, Queen’s and Eastbourne, won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on a packed Court 12.
The British No6 will fancy his second round chances against the American Steve Johnson, ranked 93 in the world, after 18th seed Grigor Dimitrov retired from their match with a groin injury.
Greetings one and all. As I join you, Nick Kyrgios is sitting on his chair between games, having just broken Britain’s Paul Jubb to take a 6-5 lead in the third set of their match, which is currently tied at one set apiece.
Having mocked either Jubb or – as seems more likely – somebody in the crowd for not complimenting him on the quality of his returns, Kyrgios comes out to serve for the set. Having roared into a 40-0 lead, he loses two points in quick succession but closes out the set 7-5. He’s in typically spiky form today, is Nick.
Right, Barry Glendenning is in the building and ready to guide you through the afternoon’s play. Before I go I can tell you that Gauff has lost the first set to Elena-Gabriela Ruse, so she will need to battle back to avoid an upset. And Swiatek is absolutely cruising on Centre Court. She leads 4-0. Bye.
Britain’s Paul Jubb has done well to steady himself in the third set after losing the second 6-1 to Kyrgios. He’s also showing great composure to focus on his game while Kyrgios chunters on and on about everything and anything that is not going his way. It is unclear at times whether the Australian is talking to himself or the umpire or a line judge, or his spiritual mentor. Anyway, it’s making for entertaining viewing (there was a doubles-style rapid fire exchange of volleys at the net which got the crowd off their seats in the game just gone). It’s 5-4 to Jubb in the third set after a nervy hold by the 22-year-old from Hull.
A reply to Simon Zekaria’s missive about long nets v short ones in singles. “Yes, players do hit round the net now and again, as play demands,” writes Tom Mason. “Watch till the end as the Roger v Kyrgios one is great for Nick’s reaction. A longer net would be a disadvantage in singles if such shots are legal, which they are. Rare of course, but legal. I am an occasional player and only intermediate. Also I’m at work so must run …”
Coco Gauff is involved in a serious tussle with Romania’s Elena-Gabriela Ruse on Court 2. She trails 4-2 in the first set after 34 minutes and will need to shake off the rust rapidly.
The world No 1 Iga Swiatek is out on Centre Court and in action against Croatia’s world No 252, Jana Fett. She gets a huge ovation from the packed crowd. Will she add the Wimbledon crown to her French Open one?
On No 3 Court it would appear Kyrgios has now found top gear, both with his tennis and his outbursts. Having lost the first set to Britain’s Jubb 6-3, he blitzed the second set 6-1. He also had time to have a pop at the crowd, smash a ball out of the court and call a line judge “the worst I’ve seen” and a “snitch”.