Sport Tennis English weather puts Aussie trio’s Wimbledon hopes on ice

English weather puts Aussie trio’s Wimbledon hopes on ice

Things weren't going well for James Duckworth when the skies opened. Photo: AAP
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A big day for Australian tennis has kicked off in soggy fashion with more rain at Wimbledon interrupting three players’ bid to make it into the last-16 of the world’s most celebrated grand slam for the first time.

Jordan Thompson, James Duckworth and Ajla Tomljanovic were all behind in the early exchanges of their third-round matches on a muggy Saturday when another downpour at the rain-hit Championships brought a quick halt to proceedings.

Thompson was a break down at 3-2 in his opening set to Belarusian Ilya Ivashka while fellow Sydneysider Duckworth, also enjoying his best Wimbledon, had lost serve and was 4-2 behind against Italian No.23 seed Lorenzo Sonego.

Australia’s No.2 Tomljanovic had clawed back a break but was still 4-2 down to former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko when the rains came, washing out all play on the outside courts.

World No.1 Ash Barty was to feature later for a third time on Centre Court at this Wimbledon against Czech Katerina Siniakova, while Nick Kyrgios was facing a blockbuster with Felix Auger-Aliassime on Court 1.

If Duckworth, Thompson and Kyrgios win, it will be the first time since 2002 that Australia has had so many men in the last-16 at a grand slam with Lleyton Hewitt, Mark Philippoussis and Wayne Arthurs all making the fourth round at Wimbledon that year.