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Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil falters in Wimbledon qualifying

It was the second straight year that the 33-year-old lost in the first round of qualifying
Pospisil has battled through a bevy of injuries the past few years, and recently took four months off in February to look after his health. (Vasek Pospisil Instagram)

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil will not be making a 10th appearance in the main draw at Wimbledon.

The 33-year-old tennis player lost in the first round of qualifying, 2-6, 6-7 (2) to Brazilian Felipe Alves.

It’s been a disappointing past two years for Pospisil, who has battled injury and difficult play, making just one main draw Grand Slam appearance in that time.

In February, he announced that due to health reasons, he would be out of action for four months.

Qualifying events are held for tennis Grand Slams (Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open) to decide the remaining 16 spots in the 128 person main draw.

Players in qualifying must win three straight matches in order to secure a place in the main draw.

Sometimes, if there are late withdrawals due to injury, a lucky loser (someone who lost their third qualifying match) will be inserted into the main draw last minute.

Pospisil, who grew up in Vernon, was looking to make a return into Wimbledon for the first time since 2021.

He has a career high singles ranking of 25, and was a quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2015. He won the doubles competition with American partner Jack Sock in 2014.

In other Canadian news, the 21-year-old Montreal local Gabriel Diallo won his first qualifying match, and will face off against Italian Matteo Gigante in round two, to take place on Wednesday, June 28.

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Bowen Assman

About the Author: Bowen Assman

I joined The Morning Star team in January 2023 as a reporter. Before that, I spent 10 months covering sports in Kelowna.
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