Wins for Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie in New York, but Kevin Anderson a first-round casualty
British duo Kyle Edmund and Cameron Norrie picked up wins at the New York Open, but 2018 champion Kevin Anderson was dumped out by qualifier Jason Jung.
Eighth seed Edmund, playing for the first time since suffering a first-round exit from the Australian Open, was always ahead of the game as he claimed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Yasutaka Uchiyama from Japan in one hour and 42 minutes.
The 25-year-old broke in game 12 of the first set and games four and 10 of the second, although Uchiyama did break back immediately in game five.
Up next is Dominik Koepfer after the German defeated Brayden Schnur from Canada 7-5, 6-4.
Seventh seed Norrie also advanced in straight sets, but his win was not as straightforward as he found himself 2-4 down against American wildcard Brian Shi in the opening set before storming back to win 7-5, 6-3.
Hats off to @cam_norrie. Literally.
— #NYOpen (@NewYorkOpen) February 12, 2020
Norrie will face a pumped up Jung after the Chinese Taipei player stunned former US Open runner-up Anderson 7-6 (8-6), 6-4.
World No 131 Jung claimed the scalp of second seed Frances Tiafoe from the United States last year and took one hour and 28 minutes to add Anderson’s name to the list.
“I guess I like these courts. It’s always nice to get a big win and gives [me] a little confidence boost, so hopefully I can build on that. I’m just really happy,” he said.
“Obviously Kevin is coming back, but he’s been in two Grand Slam finals. Great confidence for me and hopefully this translates into 2020… It’s been a long journey for me and I’m just trying to enjoy every moment that I can.”
Australian Jordan Thompson earned himself a second-round clash against top seed John Isner from the United States after beating big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 7-6 (7-2).
More Australian Open players go into isolation taking number up to 72
Forty-seven had already been told they had to stay in their rooms for 14 days.
How Australian Open players are keeping themselves occupied in quarantine
A total of 47 players were told they would have to stay in their rooms for 14 days.
Australian Open preparations rocked by fourth positive Covid case
A positive test was returned by a broadcast team member on a charter flight from Los Angeles.
Players were made aware of isolation risks on arrival to Australia – Craig Tiley
Forty seven players will have to remain in their hotel rooms for 14 days.
Andy Murray’s waiting game as anger mounts after tennis players fly in for Australian Open
Andy Murray is waiting to see if there is any way he compete in the Australian Open after testing positive for Covid-19.
Positive Covid cases on flights to Australia put 47 players in 14-day quarantine
Three people across two chartered flights carrying the Open hopefuls tested positive for coronavirus upon their arrival in Melbourne.
Bernard Tomic still has drive to compete, saying ‘I don’t need to play tennis again, I’ve got enough money’
“I’m risking my life, and I’m playing and competing.”
Dominic Thiem: ‘My wish for 2021 is to win a second Grand Slam title’
Dominic Thiem eyes a second Grand Slam trophy.
VIDEO and PICS: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams among tennis stars to arrive in Australia
This way for a video and pics of arrivals in Australia.
Official insists no special Australian Open treatment for Andy Murray after positive COVID-19 result
Andy Murray warned he won’t get preferential treatment.