The best turnout of British players in the second round of Wimbledon in 25 years


The British qualified for the second round of the Wimbledon singles tournament in the best performance for the team in a quarter of a century.

Among those to reach the next round at GB’s highest turnout since 1997, tennis giant Serena Williams has already been eliminated in the first round.

Britain’s second-seeded Harriet Dart has yet to play the first-round singles match after it was postponed on Tuesday, and if she wins she will reach 10 second-round qualifiers – the highest number since 1984.

The All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club (AELTC) is hoping this will attract more fans after attendance was noticeably low on the first day.

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Just over 36,600 people attended the SW19 venue on Monday, compared to the record figure that organizers had expected of 42,000.

The tournament has already been affected by the coronavirus, as he was knocked out by last year’s runner-up and one of the favorites to win the men’s title this year, Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, who tested positive on Tuesday.

His withdrawal follows that of former Croatian World Cup finalist Marin Cilic, who announced on Monday that he had also tested positive.

Williams, 40, suffered a shock defeat in her first singles match against Frenchman Harmony Tan.

Day three heralds the return of 19-year-old Radocano against Caroline Garcia after her stunning center-court win, while veteran Murray will play American John Isner.

Jodie Burrage, who was knocked out on day one during a match that saw her resurrecting a fainting ball boy with Percy Page sweets, will return to the courts with Eden Silva in the first round of doubles.

The Met Office predicted sunshine and light winds in southeast London on Wednesday with a chance of rain and maximum temperatures of 22 degrees Celsius.

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