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Wimbledon first round preview: Nick Kyrgios ruled out by wrist injury

Australia suffered a major disappointment on the eve of Wimbledon as 2022 runner-up Nick Kyrgios was ruled out of the tournament by a wrist injury.

Kyrgios had been due to face vastly experienced Belgian David Goffin in his first-round match, but an injury-ravaged first few months of 2023 got even worse as the exuberant 28-year-old confirmed that he would miss out due to a wrist ligament problem.

Meanwhile, Max Purcell is amongst the earliest starters when he takes on seventh seed Andrey Rublev, as is Jordan Thompson when he faces American Brandon Nakashima.

Thompson will be followed on to Court 9 by Storm Hunter, whose prize for qualifying is a clash with Xinju Wang of China.

The much-fancied Alex de Minaur has to wait until Tuesday to get his Wimbledon campaign underway, when he takes on Belgian qualifier Kimmer Coppejans.

Also not in action until Tuesday is Daria Saville, who has been handed a meeting with British number one Katie Boulter.

Brit Boulter blocks Saville's path

WhatKatie Boulter v Daria Saville
WhereAll England Club, London, England
WhenTuesday 4th July
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Channel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsKatie Boulter 1.36, Daria Saville 3.20

Daria Saville was the lone Australian woman in the singles main draw before being joined by qualifier Storm Hunter and her opener comes against British number one Katie Boulter.

Saville has lost in the first round at SW19 on both of her last two visits, while her best run on the famous grass courts came in 2018, when she reached round three by beating American Caroline Dolehide and fellow Aussie Sam Stosur.

Boulter, meanwhile, made the third round at Wimbledon 12 months ago, notably taking out 2021 runner-up Karolina Pliskova 3-6 7-6 6-4 in round two to secure the best win of her career to date.

She has subsequently lost in qualifying for the next three Grands Slam events, so it is obvious that grass is her most favoured surface, making her a very difficult hurdle to clear for 3.20 Saville.

Saville, like Kyrgios has seen potentially the most productive spell of her career ruined by a serious knee injury and her match fitness as much as anything else is likely to decide the outcome against Boulter.

De Minaur handed gentle opener

WhatKimmer Coppejans v Alex de Minaur
WhereAll England Club, London, England
WhenTuesday 4th July
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Channel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsKimmer Coppejans 15.00 v Alex de Minaur 1.03

Unlike his compatriots, Alex de Minaur could not be heading into Wimbledon in better shape, having climbed up to number 16 in the world on the back of a run to the final at Queen's Club, where he was only beaten by world number one Carlos Alcaraz.

The 24-year-old saw off world number six Holder Rune in the semis at Queen's, having disposed of two-time Wimbledon champion Andy Murray in his opening match.

Not surprisingly De Minaur and Belgian qualifier Kimmer Coppejans have never previously met and the Australian is 1.44 to get the job done in three sets.

He is 67.00 to go all the way and become the first Australian man since Lleyton Hewitt to win Wimbledon, but he faces several potentially massive hurdles before that even becomes a realistic possibility.

2021 runner-up Matteo Berrettini could be waiting in round two, while De Minaur has been placed in the same section of the draw as Alcaraz and is highly likely to face the Spaniard should he make it through to the fourth round.

Thiem aiming to test Tsitsipas

WhatDominic Thiem v Stefanos Tsitsipas
WhereAll England Club, London, England
WhenTuesday 4th July
How to watchbet365 Sports Live Streaming, Channel 9, Foxtel, Kayo
OddsDominic Thiem 5.00, Stefanos Tsitsipas 1.16

One intriguing match-up in the men's singles first round sees former US Open champion Dominic Thiem take on Australian and French Open finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Austrian Thiem, a runner-up in a further three Grand Slam finals, has been severely hampered by wrist injuries in recent times and it appears that his best days might well be behind him.

He has not won a Grand Slam match since the 2021 Australian Open and it is no surprise to see him out at 5.00 to defeat Tsitsipas.

The 24-year-old Greek is still fighting to secure a first Grand Slam title after coming close in Melbourne earlier this year, only to lose out to Novak Djokovic - who also denied him in the 2021 Paris final.

Tsitsipas will be eager to make up for disappointment at Wimbledon 12 months ago, when he and Kyrgios played out a firecracker of a third-round match which the Australian took in four sets.

Thiem and Tsitsipas have played each other nine times previously, with the Austrian leading 5-4, but the Greek is 3.25 to prevail in four sets this time around.

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