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John Friends and Rinky Hijikata scored a giant win within the opening spherical of the Wimbledon 2024 males’s doubles competitors.

London, Nice Britain, 5 July 2024 | Leigh Rogers

Feelings ran excessive as British favorite Andy Murray returned to Wimbledon’s well-known Centre Court docket at present, teaming along with his brother Jamie for the primary time at his house Grand Slam.

Murray confirmed earlier this week that that is the ultimate Grand Slam event of his illustrious profession. The 37-year-old had hoped to contest singles, however a again damage compelled him to give attention to doubles as an alternative.

This prompted event organisers, conscious of the palpable fan curiosity, to schedule an opening-round males’s doubles match at Centre Court docket for the primary time in 29 years.

Nevertheless, the previous world No.1’s want for one final fairytale run in entrance of an adoring crowd was thwarted by the all-Aussie duo of Rinky Hijikata and John Friends.

The 23-year-old Hijikata and 35-year-old Friends, who’re teaming up for the primary time, ran out 7-6(6) 6-4 victors in a match they described as “surreal”.

“To have the ability to step out and share it with Andy was one thing actually particular,” Friends advised

“It was an honour to be on the market with him. He’s been a real champion of the sport. We had been lucky sufficient to play a great degree and handle what we needed to. It was Andy’s night time, however sadly, we upset it for him.”

It was the third time that Friends had competed on the well-known courtroom and Hijikata’s first look.

“The one time I’d ever been on the market was watching Geese (James Duckworth) towards Novak Djokovic a few years in the past, so it was fairly cool,” Hijikata stated.

“I feel that’s probably the most prestigious courtroom in tennis and the one you dream of taking part in on while you’re a child. To have the prospect to play on there and play towards somebody like Andy and Jamie was actually particular. I beloved each second of it.”

Hijikata and Friends had been amongst 5 Australian males to attain first-round wins at present within the males’s doubles competitors, with Max Purcell, Jordan Thompson and John-Patrick Smith all advancing too.

In girls’s doubles, Ellen Perez and American accomplice Nicole Melichar-Martinez made a powerful begin to their Wimbledon marketing campaign.

Contemporary from claiming a WTA title in Germany final week, the third seeds continued their red-hot type to dismiss British wildcards Sarah Beth Gray and Tara Moore in a swift 47 minutes.

Olivia Gadecki additionally scored an opening-round victory alongside France’s Elixane Lechemia, benefiting from their late elevation into the draw as alternates. 

Aussies in motion – Wimbledon

Males’s doubles, first spherical
[15] Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) d [WC] Jay Clarke (GBR)/Marcus Willis (GBR) 6-4 6-2
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/John Friends (AUS) d [WC] Andy Murray (GBR)/Jamie Murray (GBR) 7-6(6) 6-4
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) d Victor Cornea (ROU)/Fabian Marozsan (HUN) 6-2 6-2

Girls’s doubles, first spherical
[3] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) d [WC] Sarah Beth Gray (GBR)/Tara Moore (GBR) 6-1 6-2
[Alt] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Elixane Lechemia (FRA) d Katarzyna Piter (POL)/Viktoriya Tomova (BUL) 6-4 6-3
[9] Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)/Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) d Daria Saville (AUS)/Yuan Yue (CHN) 6-1 6-4

Males’s doubles, first spherical
Thanasi Kokkinakis (AUS)/Denis Shapovalov (CAN) v Nicolas Mahut (FRA)/Skander Mansouri (TUN)

Males’s doubles, second spherical
[2] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Rohan Bopanna (IND) v Constantin Frantzen (GER)/Hendrik Jebens (GER)
[15] Max Purcell (AUS)/Jordan Thompson (AUS) v Fabrice Martin (FRA)/Matwe Middelkoop (NED)
John-Patrick Smith (AUS)/Andreas Mies (GER) v [3] Rajeev Ram (USA)/Joe Salisbury (GBR)
Rinky Hijikata (AUS)/John Friends (AUS) v [9] Neal Skupski (GBR)/Michael Venus (NZL)

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2024 males’s doubles draw

Girls’s doubles, second spherical
[3] Ellen Perez (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v Timea Babos (HUN)/Nadiia Kichenok (UKR)
[Alt] Olivia Gadecki (AUS)/Elixane Lechemia (FRA) v [4] Katerina Siniakova (CZE)/Taylor Townsend (USA) 

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2024 girls’s doubles draw

Combined doubles, first spherical
[1] Matt Ebden (AUS)/Ellen Perez (AUS) v Andres Molteni (ARG)/Asia Muhammad (USA)
John Friends (AUS)/Nicole Melichar-Martinez (USA) v [3] Mate Pavic (CRO)/Lyudmyla Kichenok (UKR)
Max Purcell (AUS)/Dayana Yastremska (UKR) v Nathaniel Lammons (USA)/Ena Shibahara (JPN)

> VIEW: Wimbledon 2024 combined doubles draw

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