October 26 2014 Latest news:

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 14°C

min temp: 12°C

Five-day forecast

James Ward awaits Wimbledon draw after early exit at Eastbourne

James Ward James Ward

By Charlie Eccleshare
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
1:18 PM

Camden’s James Ward suffered a setback in his preparations for Wimbledon when he was knocked out of the first round of the Aegon International in Eastbourne.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The world no155 went down in straight sets to the American Donald Young in just one hour and three minutes on Tuesday, and failed to manufacture a single break point on his opponent’s serve.

The 6-3, 6-2 defeat was a big disappointment for Ward, who reached the second round at Queen’s a week ago and gave a decent account of himself, losing in two tight sets to world no13 Grigor Dimitrov – the eventual winner.

Ward, an avid Arsenal fan from Eversholt Street near Euston station, found out last week that he had been granted a wildcard for Wimbledon, having qualified for the French Open last month.

The draw for Wimbledon takes place on Friday, with the tournament itself starting on Monday.

The 27-year-old will be hoping to avoid the big names early on, having previously faced Marat Safin, Marcos Baghdatis and Fernando Verdasco in the opening rounds at Queen’s and Wimbledon.

The British no3 has only reached the second round at SW19 once, when he defeated the Spaniard Pablo Andujar in 2012 before going down in five sets to the 10th seed Mardy Fish.

To better that, Ward will have to improve his serve. Against Young he won only 49 per cent of points on his first serve – and he will need to show the same aggression that secured a thrilling five-set Davis Cup win earlier this year against the USA’s Sam Querrey.

Share this article

0 comments

Comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Hampstead and Highgate Express visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Hampstead and Highgate Express staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Forgotten your password?

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Hampstead and Highgate Express account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Local Search 24
Looking for a:
Location:
Search radius:
Click here to read the Digital Edition of the Ham&High on screen
Use our Wedding site to help you plan your big day!
At WeddingSite we know how much you have to organise for your wedding day, that's why we have designed a set of FREE, simple-to-use tools to make the planning process easy & hassle-free. FIND OUT MORE
Find a date using our online dating and friend finder
You can meet new friends, find romance or simply meet up online with people sharing similar interests and hobbies. FIND OUT MORE
Find a local business using our online directory search
Need a plumber? Or a florist? Or anything else? Search our business directory to find Hampstead businesses in just a few seconds. FIND OUT MORE
Family notices from the Ham&High, with readers' tributes
In memoriam, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, best wishes & special days. FIND OUT MORE