Wimbledon 2018

Wimbledon preview: the Aussies in action

There will be 14 Aussies competing in the main draw of Wimbledon this year, with all eyes on star Nick Kyrgios and prodigal son Bernard Tomic.

The two are on a crash course to meet in round three - if Tomic is good enough to get that far - after Bernard earned a lucky loser entry to the tournament.

Tomic will be looking for redemption at this tournament, where he limped out in round 1 last year which started a downhill spiral that ended with him entering reality TV game show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!

Many have questioned whether he has the desire to compete at this level anymore.

Meanwhile, Kyrgios may be polarising but is without question our best talent at Wimbledon.

Here is your preview to their chances, as well as the other 12 Aussies at Wimbledon.

Nick Kyrgios Wimbledon draw

It's a mixed bag for Kyrgios, with a tough first-up assignment against Uzbekistan baseliner Denis Istomin.

There are potential match-ups against Kei Nishikori and world No 3 Alexander Zverev as well.

But the good news is that Roger Federer lies on the other side of the Wimbledon draw, giving Kyrgios perhaps his best ever chance of reaching the final.

Bernard Tomic

A double dose of luck for Tomic, who will play another lucky loser from qualifying in Hubert Hurkacz of Poland.

A host of injuries tossed the draw into disarray which gives Tomic his best possible chance of getting past the first round.

James Duckworth

A first up assignment against Alexander Zverev is an almost impossible ask. If Duckworth can get past the world No.3, anything is possible. But that is unlikely.

Jordan Thompson

Sam Querrey has beaten Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon over the last two years. Now Thompson has the huge assignment of playing giant-killer in round one against the powerful American.

Matt Ebden

The 30-year-old has never gone past the second round of a Grand Slam in the past. To get to that point, he will need to first get past 10th seed David Goffin. 

Alex de Minaur

A genuine rising star in tennis, de Minaur is one of just three teenagers ranked in the top 100. He was granted a wildcard for Wimbledon and will face off against 29th seed Marco Cecchiato.

Alex Bolt

This is a wonderful story. Alex had basically given up on the sport in 2016 when he was resigned to building the mesh fencing surrounding courts at tournaments. He beat countryman Thanasi Kokkinakis in the final round of qualifying and now he is in the main draw of Wimbledon. Bolt will face UK seed Kyle Edmund in round one.

John-Patrick Smith

Persistence has paid off for 29-year-old John-Patrick Smith, who has fought his way through qualifying to reach the main draw for just the second time ever. 

Jason Kubler

The former Wimbledon junior top seed has had a rocky road in returning to these hallowed lawns. Six knee operations could have, perhaps should have ended his career. But he has persisted and now that Kubler is here his round one opponents in Argentine Guido Pella is tough, but beatable.

John Millman

The Brisbane journeyman is in great form, reaching a provisional career-high ranking of 55. He has dispatched Argentine Leonardo Mayer as well as Gilles Muller in the lead-up and has drawn world No.138 Stefano Travaglia in round one. A huge opportunity for Millman to impress after he was knocked out by Novak Djokovic in round one last year.  

Daria Gavrilova

A tough start for the seeded Australian against Zarina Diyas, who has twice reached the fourth round of Wimbledon. If Dasha gets through that, a clash against fellow Aussie Sam Stosur looms.

Sam Stosur

Stosur will be looking to put her recent grand slam woes behind her, with a first-up assignment against China's Peng Shuai - ranked 40th in the world. Then it is likely she will face fellow Aussie Daria Gavrilova.

Ash Barty

Barty has never made it past round one of Wimbledon but did win the lead-up tournament in Nottingham. Lining up against world No.95 in Swiss Stefanie Vögele, Barty has a strong chance to push deeper into Wimbledon this time around. 

Ajla Tomljanovic

So much has gone wrong for Tomljanovic over the last three years, drawing US Open finalist Madison Keys didn't even phase her. Tomljanovic has endured a shoulder reconstruction and also fell into depression as her lay off saw her ranking tumble to 943. Now that she is back, Tomljanovic is ready to front all challengers.

About the Author Josh Alston

Josh Alston is a hack with over 12 years industry experience, covering sport across all codes for newspapers and online agencies. Known to frequent grade matches because of their cheap tinnies. Eventually graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in sitting on the hill when the local cricket side was playing. Softball premiership winner, rugby league legend in Year 10 and no stranger to Doomben Racecourse.

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