The Championships, Wimbledon II - Gentlemen's Singles Qualifying
Grand Slam - Monday (1st Qualifying Round) - Paris, France - Clay (Red)
- There was a disastrous start to top seed Rick Langley as his qualifying campaign came to abrupt end with a straight sets smacking at the hands of Hau Li-an. The Chinese Taipei No. 2 proved far too good for his top hundred opponent in a 6-3, 6-1 rout which left the West CWLander in a state of shock. It was a poor day for Langley as the gods conspired against him - Hau hitting clean winners consistently as Langley made some distinctly uncharacteristic errors regularly.
- In the same section, compatriot Jack Loughman made an impressive start as he ousted 26th seed Adul Doungtong of Thailand. In a tough hit out to start his campaign, Loughman came back from dropping the first set in a tiebreaker to take the second set in a breaker of his own. In a tense contest, Loughman had enough class to beat his seeded opponent - into the second round 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 6-3 after saving three match points in the second set. He meets Jack Griffen of the USA after his 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over local wildcard Freddie Abbott.
- Nottingham champ Ishan Narang was always going to be in a bit of danger of coming down badly from a tournament win, but didn't expect quite the battle he got against Serb Novica Kulić. The sixth seed dropped the first set 2-6 in a sluggish start, and went a break down twice in the deciding third set. Going to extra games, Narang finally prevailed with some gutsy back-to-the-wall tennis 2-6, 6-2, 8-6. He plays France's Eric David next.
- Eighteenth seed Roy Daniels also took a tough win as he beat Romanian youngster George Costea 6-3, 6-7(11), 6-3 after failing to convert five second set (and match) points.
- Unseeded impressive youngster Pierre Rose also booked second round action after a 6-4, 6-3 win over Victor Helbling. The 29th seeded Swiss player doesn't enjoy the grass, and made a hasty exit as Rose controlled the play and was rarely taken out of his comfort zone. Rose now meets Greece's Dmitris Chasiotis who beat Orazio Rizzo 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.
- Jason Lawley and Phoenix Wleft also produced good victories. Lawley beat Eastern rival Vladimir Stakhanov comprehensively 6-3, 6-1, while Wleft left Canada's Tony Nikolic in his wake 6-3, 6-3. Lawley meets Cyprus' Takis Georgilas while Wleft faces Dutchman Sipko Wetzel next.