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Aussie weekly wrap: Emotional victories and major breakthroughs | 1 July, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

Aussie weekly wrap: Emotional victories and major breakthroughs | 1 July, 2024 | All News | News and Features | News and Events

An incredible run from Alex Bolt in the Wimbledon qualifying competition was among the many highlights for Australian players this week.

London, Great Britain, 1 July 2024 | Leigh Rogers

To say it has been a big week in Australian tennis would be a massive understatement.

An 18-strong contingent took part in the Wimbledon qualifying competition, with Alex Bolt and Olivia Gadecki producing incredible runs to secure coveted main-draw spots.

Doubles star Ellen Perez captured the biggest grass-court title of her career in Germany, while Max Purcell, Matt Ebden and John Peers all contested ATP finals in Great Britain. A further five Australian players claimed titles at ITF level this week.

The Australian Olympic team heading to Paris next month was also announced, while the most promising juniors from across the country competed at the Australian Teams Championships on the Gold Coast.

This week’s most outstanding performers include:

Alex Bolt: The 31-year-old made the most of an alternate spot in the Wimbledon qualifying draw, completing a successful qualifying campaign at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in six years. Bolt even saved a match point in an epic final-round victory.

> READ: Bolt wins dramatic five-set thriller to qualify at Wimbledon 2024

Olivia Gadecki: The 22-year-old achieved a lifelong dream by qualifying at Wimbledon. Gadecki scored her third career top-100 win, beating sixth seed Maria Timofeeva in the opening round, during an impressive run.

Talia Gibson: The 20-year-old scored the biggest win of her career, beating world No.117 Jana Fett in the opening round of the Wimbledon qualifying competition. Gibson went on to reach the final round in a career-best run.

Maddison Inglis: After sneaking into the Wimbledon qualifying draw as an alternate, the 26-year-old made the most of her good fortune by charging into the final round.

James Duckworth: The 32-year-old also had good fortune on his side, receiving a lucky-loser position in the Wimbledon main draw. Duckworth earned this chance by reaching the final round in qualifying.

> READ: Duckworth credits influence of new coach for impressive form revival

Li Tu: Competing at Wimbledon for the first time, the 28-year-old progressed to the second round in qualifying. Tu fell just short of a spot in the final round, edged out in a final-set tiebreak against world No.101 Luca Van Assche.

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