How an unread email caused one player to miss Wimbledon
We all have bad days.
For most of us we may accidentally leave our wallet or purse at home or miss the bus by a matter of seconds. Something that causes an inconvenience, but isn’t a complete disaster.
And then some us will not properly read a really important email, something that causes us to miss the chance to play at Wimbledon.
What? You’ve never done that? Not to worry, almost nobody has. Almost.
One man who has the unenviable first-hand knowledge of how it feels to make such a mistake is Tim Smyczek, an American ranked 121st in the world.
“I’m pretty sure that’s the first time that’s happened to me,” he said of the mishap, amusingly unsure of his own ability to carry out a simple task like applying to enter a major event.
In fact, he wasn’t even the one to notice the error.
His coach, Dustin Taylor, decided to look through the list of entrants when it was released, something he rarely does, to make sure that there were no problems with any of his three players.
After locating the first two, he slowly began to realise what had happened.
“As a coach, you never want to break that news to a player,” Taylor said.
“You never want to let them know that they’re going to miss any Slam, let alone Wimbledon.”
After being alerted to the situation while en-route to Europe to play at some warm-up events before Wimbledon qualifying began, Smyczek tried, and failed, to get a wildcard entry to the tournament.
Subsequently, he ended up returning much sooner than hoped to the United States, playing in a Challenger event in Chicago this week as the number one seed.
At least he had the chance to earn some ranking points and money though, right? Wrong.
Despite winning the first set comfortably 6-1 in his first round match, he lost in three sets. Ouch.
When your luck’s out, your luck’s out.
Wimbledon day four: Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal battle on
Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady won on Thursday to keep the British flag flying.
Alex De Minaur joins girlfriend Katie Boulter in Wimbledon third round
The 20-year-old won the first set on Court One but fell to a 5-7 7-6 (0) 6-2 6-3 defeat.
Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon: ‘Every day is a challenge’
Rafael Nadal is prepared to grind his way into the second week at SW19.
Iga Swiatek made to sweat to progress at Wimbledon and extend streak
Karolina Pliskova was the big seed to exit the women’s draw on Thursday while Kirsten Flipkens bowed out.
Exclusive – John Lloyd on the key reason for the stunning form of Katie Boulter and British players at Wimbledon
The stunning success of British players at Wimbledon contunued as Katie Boulter, Heather Watson and Liam Broady all won.
Heather Watson ‘pretty relaxed’ as she looks to break new ground at Wimbledon
This is Heather Watson’s fourth time in the Wimbledon third round.
Liam Broady hails ‘amazing feeling’ after beating Diego Schwartzman for biggest win of his career
The British No 5 lost 11 games in a row but fought back to down the 12th seed.
Kyle Edmund set to end 18-month injury nightmare with Wimbledon mixed doubles appearance
The former world No 14 will play mixed doubles in SW19.
Wimbledon Centre Court delight for Katie Boulter and home crowd as she upsets Karolina Pliskova
Katie Boulter reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.