Sock Leads Americans Through First Round Of Wimbledon Qualifying
Jack Sock led a group of seven Americans through to the second round of Wimbledon qualifying on Monday at Roehampton.
Sock, who lost a heartbreaker in the ATP Challenger Tour final on Sunday in Ilkley against Zizou Bergs, bounced back for a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Argentine Andrea Collarini.
This is the first time Sock is playing qualifying at the grass-court major since 2013. The 29-year-old is up to No. 102 in the Pepperstone ATP Rankings, putting him on the verge of returning to the Top 100 for the first time since the week of 29 October 2018.
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Third seed Stefan Kozlov was one of the other six Americans who advanced. Kozlov defeated Frenchman Evan Furness 7-5, 6-3.
Veterans who moved on include German Philipp Kohlschreiber, Italian Andreas Seppi and Moldovan Radu Albot.
Kohlschreiber, the 38-year-old who first competed in the Wimbledon main draw in 2005, eliminated Frenchman Gregoire Barrere 6-2, 6-2. After the match, he announced this will be his final tournament.
Seppi, who has played the main draw at every edition of The Championships since 2005, ousted Mirza Basic 6-2, 4-6, 6-0. Seventh seed Albot defeated Italian Roberto Marcora 6-1, 6-4.
A group of #NextGenATP players also moved on: Swiss Dominic Stricker, Brazilian Matheus Pucinelli De Almeida, Australian Rinky Hijikata, Briton Arthur Fery, Argentine Thiago Agustin Tirante, Czech Dalibor Svrcina and Croatian Duje Ajdukovic. Ajdukovic earned the upset of the day when he cruised past former Top 10 star Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-3.
Top seed Bernabe Zapata Miralles clawed past Indian Yuki Bhambri 7-5, 6-1. The Spaniard is trying to qualify for Wimbledon for the second consecutive year.