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Wimbledon: Tsitsipas, Kyrgios and Sakkari charge into round two

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Stefanos Tsitsipas struggled to find his groove for much of his match against Swiss qualifier Alexander Ritschard this morning, but his resilience was enough to complete a 7-6(1), 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 first-round victory at the grass-court major.

“Obviously it is great to be back [at Wimbledon],” said Tsitsipas in his on-court interview.

“I have to congratulate Alexander for an incredible performance. I am sure we are going to see a lot of him,” the World No. 5 said.

This comes as earlier this morning Kyrgios took out a win against Great Britain’s Paul Jubb, winning 3-6, 6-1, 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), 7-5.

Kyrgios separately fought with the chair umpire, a linesperson and fans in the stands. After securing the victory, he spat on the court saying it happened after he received “pure disrespect” from the boisterous crowd.

“I’ve never, ever just gone to anyone else’s job and just blatantly spat, disrespected them. I don’t understand why people do that to athletes. It’s happening more and more in sport. Spectators are just … so disrespectful to the athletes,” the World No. 40 said.

Also victorious was Maria Sakkaria who won her opening round against Australian Zoe Hives last night.

The Greek won 6-1, 6-4, a victory which included claiming the opening set in just 26 minutes. Although Hives had three games in her pocket in the second set, Sakkari broke to take it to 4-1, before going on to take the win.

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