Wimbledon 2021: Meet Zhand Zhinzhen, China’s first tennis player to qualify for main draw in Open era

Wimbledon 2021: Meet Zhand Zhinzhen, China's first tennis player to qualify for main draw in Open era
Wimbledon 2021: Meet Zhand Zhinzhen, China's first tennis player to qualify for main draw in Open era

Wimbledon 2021: Meet Zhand Zhinzhen, China’s first tennis player to qualify for main draw in Open era – Zhang Zhizhen made history on Thursday at Wimbledon as the 24-year-old beat Buenos Aires finalist Francisco Cerundolo 6-0, 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(6) to reach his first major main draw and become the first Chinese man to make the main draw at The Championships in the Open Era.

Zhang is No.178 in the world and the only Chinese man in the sport’s top 250. While China supplied plenty of competitors in the gentlemen’s singles from the 1920s to the 1950s, Zhang will be the first man from his country to feature at the grass-court tournament since 1959, according to Wimbledon’s official website. He is also only the fourth Chinese man to play singles in the main draw of a Grand Slam since the Open era began in 1968, with the others being Wu Di at the Australian Open in 2013, 2014, and 2016, Zhang Ze at the Australian Open in 2014 and 2015, and Li Zhe at the 2019 Australian Open.

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