Wimbledon dream alive for Australians
TENNIS: John-Patrick Smith and Andrew Whittington are within touching distance of Wimbledon’s main draw after reaching the final round of qualifying.
Smith (pictured) wore down American Mackenzie McDonald 6-4 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 before Whittington impressively overhauled US journeyman Tim Smyczek 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4.
Smith and Whittington will join Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic, Thanasi Kokkinakis and John Millman if they can survive the last hurdle at Roehampton.
But Blake Mott and Alex de Minaur bowed out in the second round.
Mott fell 7-5 6-4 to Kazakhstan’s Alexander Bublik 7-5 6-4 and de Minaur lost 6-2 6-4 to Japanese veteran Tatsuma Ito.
Australia’s three female qualifying contenders, Lizette Cabrera, Arina Rodionova and Destanee Aiava, completed a first-round clean sweep. MORE ONLINE Kyrgios 7 up against it at Wimbledon